Fascinating lectures, debates, events, and programs on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.

Upcoming Offerings


The Madhouse Effect

September 29, 2016

The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles describe their new book The Madhouse Effect.

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Coast Cultures

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures

October 1, 2016 - May 6, 2017

We invite visitors to experience the cultures represented in the iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians through a series of live activities guided by Museum volunteers. 

Robert Peck Lecture

The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

November 7, 2016

Robert Peck, author of the new, illustrated book The Natural History of Edward Lear, discusses the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children’s writer, and why he abruptly and mysteriously abandoned his scientific work.


Yes, Humans Are Causing Earthquakes

November 10, 2016

Join Dr. Justin Rubinstein, deputy chief of the Induced Seismicity Project at the United States Geological Survey, as he discusses this new breed of human-caused earthquakes.


Hackathon: Hack the Stacks

November 20, 2016

Discover how programmers and scientists are working together to mine the Museum’s library database, unlocking new ways to visualize and understand stacks of archives. Hear first-hand accounts from the data trenches, and find out what hackers can really create in 24 hours.

Past Offerings

Arches National Park

Celebrate National Parks! The Naturalist

June 29, 2016

Drawing on Roosevelt’s diaries and expedition journals, museum naturalist Darrin Lunde will discuss Roosevelt’s life and legacy as a champion of scientific inquiry and wilderness.