Lectures and Special Events
Colonel Louis Cook: Revolutionary War Hero
April 14, 2015
Join Curator Peter Whiteley for an exploration of the life of Col. Louis Cook, or, by his Mohawk name, Atayataghronghta (1738–1814). Simultaneously the highest-ranking African-American officer and Native American officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, in 1775, he approached George Washington to offer the services of 200 Kahnawake Mohawks for the Patriot cause. This talk looks at the personal history of this exceptional man, who deserves a more prominent place in American history.
Dr. Peter Whiteley studies the cultures, social structures, social histories, and environmental relations in Native North America from the 17th century to the present. His research focuses on four areas: Hopi society, culture, and polity in northern Arizona; Cayuga and other Six Nations Iroquois social and political history in northeastern North America and the trans-Mississippi West; Hupa society and culture in northwestern California; and Eastern and Western Pueblo intercultural relations and sociopolitical transformations during and after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
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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