Lectures and Special Events
Adventuress' Virgin Voyage: the Borden Alaska Expedition Centennial
May 4, 2014
Relive a shipboard expedition from 1913, in search of a bowhead whale. Tom Baione, Boeschenstein Director of the Museum's Library, recounts the tale of the planning for the Borden Alaska Expedition, led by Museum scientist and explorer Roy Chapman Andrews aboard the schooner The Adventuress. Using images and materials from the Library and Mammalogy Department’s archive, Baione weaves a tale of misadventure in the waters off the territory of Alaska
The story of the sleek ship on its 1913 maiden journey provides a framework for the expedition, which repeatedly averted disaster and inadvertently contributed to bowhead whale conservation. Today the 101-year-old Adventuress, a national historic landmark, continues to ply the waters of the Pacific Northwest as floating environmental classroom
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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.
October 6, 2016
Myth-busting animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes.
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.
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.
November 19, 2016
Earthquakes happen frequently—but what causes them? Why are they unpredictable? What do they tell us about Earth's deep interior?
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.
December 21, 2016