The Milwaukee Public Museum Lunch & Lecture speaker series is going online this fall!
We are pleased to host several great speakers ready to share their knowledge through the 2020-21 virtual Lunch & Lecture series. To maintain the health and safety of our guests and staff, current Lunch & Lecture programs will be conducted online, and as a temporary measure, we have put the post-lecture lunch or an onsite tour on hold. We plan to resume these features as soon as possible.*
Online Lecture - 11:30 a.m.
Cost and Tickets
FREE for students** and members; non-member price is $5 per household. To purchase for groups of 10+ (non-household), please call 414-278-2728 during Call Center hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Tickets for sale below; advance registration required. Registration will close two days before a scheduled lecture. Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom one day before the lecture.
*Fall lectures will be online only. Spring lectures are scheduled, however the presentation format is TBD; check back for details.
**Students must register by calling 414-278-2728.
2020-21 Lunch & Lecture series
February 9, 2021 - The Archaeology of Dogs in the Western Great Lakes
Richard (Rick) W. Edwards IV, PhD, RPA, Principal investigator for Commonwealth Heritage Group and an Honorary Fellow at UWM
Dogs have been humans’ companions for at least 15,000 years. Throughout the millennia, the nature of the relationship between humans and dogs was nuanced and variable; it changed depending on when, where, and in which society the dogs lived. This presentation explores the nature of the human-dog relationship in the Western Great Lakes, with a focus on the Late Prehistoric (circa AD 900-1600). Lecture will be held via Zoom. Link will be sent to registrants the day before the lecture.
March 9, 2021 - Ruffled Feathers: The History and Art of MPM’s Dromaeosaurid Models
Patty Burke, Curator of Geological Collections/Senior Collections Manager
A walk through the Hell Creek diorama in MPM’s The Third Planet exhibit takes the visitor 65 million years back in time, but it is not frozen in time. Museums help guests visualize ancient life through artistic models that are informed by science. Over the last thirty years MPM has presented three interpretations of dromaeosaurid dinosaurs, each model improved by new knowledge. Patty will take you on the journey from fossil discovery to museum models and revise; it is the story of science told through the lens of dinosaur art. Lecture format and lunch menu TBD.
April 13, 2021 - 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 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 what all of us can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come. Lecture format and lunch menu TBD.
May 18, 2021 - DNA Sequencing, Morphometric Analysis, and Supercomputers: How Museums are more like Star Trek than Downton Abbey
Dr. Christopher Tyrrell, MPM Assistant Research Curator of Botany, Director of Library & Informatics, and Interim Head of Anthropology, History, Geology, and Registration
You may have heard about DNA sequencing and supercomputers in the news, or you may be fortunate enough to use them where you work. But did you know that scientists at MPM and natural history museums around the world apply these tools to specimens that were collected tens to hundreds of years ago? The Milwaukee Public Museum’s own Dr. Christopher Tyrrell will explain the technology behind DNA sequencing and specimen analyses and show how — when applied to historic museums specimens — they can yield new discoveries about our natural world. Lecture format and lunch menu TBD.
November 10, 2020 – "Stereotypes, Biases, Myths, Oh My!"
Dr. Heather Ann Moody
October 20, 2020 - "Herstory at MPM"
Dawn Scher Thomae, MPM Curator of Anthropology Collections
March 10, 2020 - "CONSTELLATIONS! Investigation, Imagination, & Inspiration"
Robert Bonadurer, Planetarium & Dome Theater Director
February 11, 2020 - "Don't Judge a Brook by Its Cover -- Use Bugs!"
Jessica Orlofske, UW-Parkside and MPM Adjunct Curator
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