Get a taste of some of the great research happening in Milwaukee during our Lunch & Lecture presentations.
Take an optional guided pre-lecture docent tour, explore the topic du jour with an MPM curator or special guest, and if you’re hungry for more, stay for a great lunch.
Lunch & Lecture DAY Schedule
Optional Docent Tour – 10:30 a.m., meet near the circular desk across from the Cafe
Lecture in Gromme Lecture Hall – 11:30 a.m.
Optional Buffet Lunch in Garden Gallery – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch & Lecture Tickets
Cost: $25 per person; $20 for members
Lecture Only: $5; FREE for members and students
Docent Tour: $4 per person; $2 for members. Tours are capped at 25 people.
Registration required - call 414-278-2728 to register
2019-2020 Lunch & Lecture series
February 11, 2020 - Don't Judge a Brook by Its Cover -- Use Bugs!
Jessica Orlofske, UW-Parkside and MPM Adjunct Curator
Biomonitoring is the practice of using samples of resident organisms to determine ecosystem health or condition. Developed in the 1970s and 1980s, this basic concept has been applied to diverse ecosystems, organisms, and stressors. Standardized protocols for biomonitoring have been established all over the world, but new research is helping to create more sensitive, early detection methods. Jessica describes major themes and challenges in the development of improved biomonitoring for habitats impacted by environmental stressors.
Sandwich — Steak and Roasted Sweet Potato Burrito
Soup — Tex-Mex Minestrone
Salad — Garden
Dessert — Parfait Assortment
March 10, 2020 - CONSTELLATIONS! Investigation, Imagination, & Inspiration
Robert Bonadurer, Planetarium & Dome Theater Director
The sky is a mirror to the human soul. We create star stories reflecting our sense of adventure and our longing for understanding. We see animals, birds, and powerful mythological creatures. We imagine we see ourselves. This talk will focus on the development and production of Constellations, the latest original show by the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium. No tour.
Sandwich — Zilli Gourmet Grilled cheese
Soup — Creamy Roasted Tomato
Salad — Cranberry, Almond, and Broccoli Salad
Dessert — Decorated Cookie Assortment
April 14, 2020 - Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation
Karen S. Oberhauser, Director, UW-Madison Arboretum; Professor, Dept. of Entomology
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large annual fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Karen will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, and then discuss what all of us can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come. No tour.
Sandwich — Grilled Chicken Skewers(Satay)
Soup — Seafood Couscous
Salad — Apple Slaw
Dessert — Assorted Dessert Bars
May 12, 2020 - Herstory at MPM
Dawn Scher Thomae, Curator of Anthropology Collections
The Milwaukee Public Museum has had a long and illustrious history but much of it has focused on the local men who were instrumental in its creation. This presentation, however, will highlight some of the many adventurous women who helped to build our extensive world-renowned collections.
Sandwich — Slow Roasted BBQ Pulled Pork
Soup — Springy Chicken
Salad – Ranchero Pasta
Dessert — Chocolate Brownies
Past Lunch & Lectures
November 19, 2019 - "Our Grandmother's Dress"
Siobhan Marks, Communications & Marketing Director, Indian Community School
October 8, 2019 - "How Spiders Become Parents"
John Dobyns, Director of Outreach and Operations, UW Oshkosh CAPP Office
May 14, 2019 - "'Lumos!' Taxonomy and Biology of Wisconsin Fireflies"
Dr. Daniel K. Young, Professor of Entomology and Director of Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC)
April 9, 2019 - "A Poisonous Mushroom in a New Country and the Genes It Carried with It"
Anne Pringle, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Departments of Botany and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
March 12, 2019 - "Handicrafts for Hard Times: The WPA Milwaukee Handicraft Project"
Jackie Schweitzer, History Collection Manager
February 12, 2019 - "The Bees of the Southern Lake Michigan Region: An Ecological and Faunistic Monograph"
Laura Rericha-Anchor, Wildlife Biologist II at Forest Preserve District of Cook County
November 6, 2018 - "Tribute to Survival"
James Kelly, Exhibit Director Emeritus
October 9, 2018 - "A History of Native American Policy and Activism: From the American Indian Movement to Today"
Heather Bruegl, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
May 8, 2018 - "BioBlitz: Helping to Map the Biological Diversity of Urban Areas -- One Park at a Time"
Ellen J. Censky, PhD, Senior Vice President/Academic Dean
April 10, 2018 - "Next-Generation Natural History: From Collecting to Chemical Ecology in the Vampire Moths and Their Fruit-Piercing Relatives"
Jen Zaspel, Research Curator of Zoology
March 13, 2018 - "Mesoamerica and the Maya"
Carter Lupton, Curator Emeritus; formerly Head of Anthropology and History and Curator of Ancient History at MPM
November 14, 2017 - "Forget the Gentler Sex: Infamous Women Warriors in History"
Dawn Scher Thomae, Curator of Anthropology Collections
October 10, 2017 - "Aerial Warfare Between Bats and Moths"
Dr. Nicolas J. Dowdy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
May 9, 2017 - "Establishing Rice Cultivation in Wisconsin: A Long Term Vision"
Michael Schlappi, Ph.D, Professor of Biological Sciences, Marquette University
April 11, 2017 - "The Botany of Beverages"
Christopher Tyrrell, Ph.D, Botany Collection Manager, Milwaukee Public Museum
March 14, 2017 - "Banquet Milwaukee: A tummy rubbing view of Milwaukee celebratory food and drink "
Al Muchka, Curator of History Collections, Milwaukee Public Museum
February 7, 2017 - "Digitization: Mobilizing Past Collections for Future Science"
Alyssa Caywood, Collection Digitization Project Manager, and Julia Colby, Vertebrate & Invertebrate Collections Manager, Milwaukee Public Museum