Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos and where we are going. We want to know whether there is life beyond the Earth and whether any of it is intelligent. Astronomer Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will explore this cosmic perspective in a public lecture at West Virginia University. Copies of Tarter’s biography “Making Contact” by Sarah Scoles will be available for purchase and signing.