CSI Lecture

Event Date: 
September 15
Event Time: 
7:00 p.m.



Pair from Television’s CSI to Present Koch Memorial Lecture

September 15, 2012


Presented in partnership with the R. MALCOLM KOCH MEMORIAL LECTURE FUND


Since its debut in 2000, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been one of the most popular television shows in both the United States and around the world. On Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. the secrets of CSI are revealed as Lecturers, David Berman and Jon Wellner, take you inside the hit forensic drama.

Now, for the first time, these two actors/researchers will detail the exciting process of how each episode is created, from the story’s conception in the writers room all the way through post production and finally on to your television screen. You’ll learn how CSI is researched, and view excerpts from the show that illustrate how that research is incorporated into each episode.

Other topics of discussion include behind the scene stories about your favorite episodes, science vs. entertainment and the so-called “CSI effect”, and comparison of the fictional Universal Studios set with a real crime lab in Vegas. There will be a question and answer session following the program.


DAVID BERMAN, a Los Angeles native, attended college at Georgetown University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in English and Theology. Along with researcher Jon Wellner, Berman maintains a database of over 300 professionals working in virtually all aspects of law enforcement. Berman has appeared as an actor in over 200 episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as assistant coroner David Phillips. He has also performed in such programs as Heroes, Profiler, and Vanished.



JON WELLNER hails from Chicago where he studied theater and performed at such renowned theaters as Second City and the Steppenwolf Theater. He moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and was soon working on television with roles on Bones, NCIS, Becker, Gilmore Girls, Yes, Dear, Judging Amy, That’s So Raven and more. In 2002, he played Gilligan in the movie of the week, Surviving Gilligan’s Island, which was the highest rated movie of the week that year. He can also be seen in the films Evan Almighty as well as Ocean’s 13. In 2004, Jon was cast as toxicologist Henry Andrews on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Tickets are $10 with a $3 discount for Museum Members. Tickets may be purchased by mail, in person, at the door, or through the link below.