Past Events

  • 2013 Jun 23

    LECTURE: The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History, by John Gillis

    3:30pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    More than half of Americans now live within 50 miles of ocean, but should they? John Gillis (Rutgers University) argues that an inadequate understanding of the natural and human history of our shores has left communities unprepared for coastal dwelling. Regular Museum admission rates apply.

  • 2013 Jun 18

    LECTURE: Law of the Locusts: What Insect Swarms Teach Us about Cannibalism, Aging, and Human Obesity

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Locust swarms can be one of the most destructive plagues to mankind, but they also offer important new insights into the causes of human obesity, the aging process, and the complexities of crowd behavior. Australian biologist Steve Simpson (University of Sydney) will take us on a strange journey from insect swarms to human health.
    Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.
    Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

  • 2013 Jun 06

    LECTURE: Chimpanzee Futures in a Crowded World by Richard Wrangham and Elizabeth Ross [SOLD OUT]

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Recognizing the inseparable link between environmental and human prosperity, Harvard’s Richard Wrangham and Elizabeth Ross have devoted 25 years to ensuring the future of Uganda’s Kibale National Park, its rainforest and wildlife, as well as the health and education of schoolchildren in the surrounding communities. Admission: HMNH and Peabody Museum members free/non-members $12. 

    This event is filled to capacity. We are no longer accepting reservations. For more information, please contact  members@hmnh.harvard....

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  • 2013 May 25

    STUNG! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean

    3:30pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Biologist and jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin will discuss how these beautiful but dangerous creatures are taking over the oceans as a result of changes in our marine ecosystem. Regular Museum admission rates apply.

  • 2013 May 18

    Wampanoag Dance, Song, and Stories

    12:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    eabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Stay five minutes or all afternoon. No reservations required.

    Free with Peabody Museum admission
    Recommended for ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult

    Annawon Weeden, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe (Massachusetts), brings traditional dance, song, and storytelling to the Museum. Join in Eastern social dance songs from the New England area celebrating Eastern Woodland culture. Don’t miss an opportunity to make corn husk “action figures.“

  • 2013 May 18

    Sketching Trees

    9:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Explore an amazing variety of tree forms using pencil and paper in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge with drawings with artist and educator Erica Beade. We will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches, and techniques for drawing foliage. All skill levels are welcome. Cost: Non-members $40/Members $35. Register online

  • 2013 May 11

    ANIMAL WISE: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

    3:30pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Science author Virginia Morell looks at the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion and offers a moving exploration of the hearts and minds of both wild and domesticated animals. Regular Museum admission rates apply.

  • 2013 May 11

    Sketching Plants and Flowers

    9:00am to 11:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Learn to capture the beauty of flower and plant forms in your drawings with artist and educator Erica Beade. We will meet at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, which provides a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and draw, surrounded by botanical treasures. We will explore drawing techniques such as contour, gesture, foreshortening and shading. All skill levels are welcome. Cost: Non-members $40/Members $35. Register online.

  • 2013 May 09

    Foresight, Forecasting, and the Future in Ancient Mesopotamia

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Yenching Institute 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    The kings of ancient Assyria--located in present-day Iraq--once sought to divine the future using the stars and the livers of sacrificial sheep. Much as we are invested in projecting and preparing for the future in our modern realms of business, government, and science, the kings of Nineveh and Nimrud tried to build their empires by anticipating the future in the realms of economics and politics.

    The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Semitic Museum at Harvard University present a free public lecture, "Foresight, Forecasting, and the Future in Ancient Mesopotamia...

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