Lectures and Special Events
Lonesome George and the Galápagos Today: What the Tortoise Taught Us
September 18, 2014
Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835 helped him decipher evolution by natural selection, the process responsible for the dizzying abundance of species on the planet. Today, hundreds of those species go extinct each year. In honor of the Museum’s special exhibition of Lonesome George, the famed Galápagos tortoise that was the last of his species, join us for an in-depth conversation about biodiversity and conservation. Uncover the issues and current environmental initiatives in the Galápagos, and explore the possibilities and perils that lie ahead. The conversation will feature Johannah Barry and Linda Cayot of the Galápagos Conservancy, James Gibbs of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Arturo Izurieta, Director of the Galápagos National Park. The discussion will be moderated by the Museum’s Chief Conservation Scientist, Eleanor Sterling.
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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.
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.