Past Events

Science Saturday: Climate Change

Learn how stronger storms, melting glaciers, and rising temperatures are changing our planet. Join us for hands-on activities that explore possible solutions to 21st Century climate change.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Class Filmstrip Night: April

As a part of our Thursday night programming, we're reaching back into our collection of old biology filmstrips to bring you the best from our science treasure trove. Stop in for the film, and check out new exhibits while you're here. Follow the museum’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for upcoming titles.

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Date/Time Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Family Day: Optical Antics and Illusions

Join us for a joint event at both the Spencer Museum of Art and the KU Natural History Museum that explores optics and illusions. The afternoon includes the optical phenomena at play in works by the artist James Turrell at the Spencer. At the KU Natural History Museum, you'll see how black is actually made of all the visible color spectrum, and learn how some bird feathers can bend light and fool the eye. What is light made of? Do you know how many colors light can hold? Plus, explore your sense of vision and learn about the anatomy of your sight.  Families are invited to move back and forth between the two museums at their leisure. 

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Date/Time Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

TBT film event: Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

For our Throwback Thursday, we'll be showing Bride of the Gorilla (1951) in the Panorama. Watch as the owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.

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Date/Time Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Behind the Glass

A conversation about the Panorama's condition, conservation and history

Join us for a conversation about the Panorama with special guests Ronald Harvey and Bill Sharp. Ronald Harvey of Tuckerbrook Associates will be at the KU Natural History Museum this spring to lead a conservation assessment of the animals of the Panorama, as well as their environment. Bill Sharp is co-author of The Dashing Kansan, the biography about the Panorama’s creator, Lewis Lindsay Dyche.

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Date/Time Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Math: Fairness and Social Choice

How can mathematics help us understand and address issues of social choice and fairness? Multi-candidate elections, power distribution in the Electoral College, and apportioning Congressional representatives among states are just a few of many examples. Professor Jeremy Martin will lead an exploration of how math can help us understand these problems and why they are so hard to solve.

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Date/Time Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:08pm

Data & Democracy: What is Free Speech in the Age of Social Media?

Sponsored by The Commons, the School of Journalism, and the Office of the Provost
Amid a changing social landscape of connectivity and communication, the legal and societal landscape of what is meant by 'free speech' may be shifting as well. The First Amendment guarantees free speech, but what are the substance and forms of that protection in the age of social media?
As the use of social media in daily life grows exponentially, we consider what free speech and privacy mean in an era of immediate and unfettered access to wide dissemination, and whether there are new rules that characterize social engagement and free expression today.
The discussion will be moderated by Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law and professor of law at Pepperdine University and KU alumna.

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Collection Conversations: Birds with Town Peterson

What does it mean to study birds now, and what do we learn from studying them in 2014 that's different from 1914? Join Distinguished Professor Town Peterson, curator of ornithology, for a close look at some of the birds of the KU ornithology collection, and discussion about the science of studying birds. 

Collection Conversations are short, informal talks by research scientists about the collections that form the basis of research at the biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum.

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Dioramarama: session II

For this event held in the Panorama, the museum will welcome children and families to explore the nature of museum dioramas by creating their own take-home dioramas using a wide variety of materials. The event, scheduled during spring break for the university and area schools, is free. Two sessions will be offered, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. There is no need for advance registration.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dioramarama: session I

For this event held in the Panorama, the museum will welcome children and families to explore the nature of museum dioramas by creating their own take-home dioramas using a wide variety of materials. The event, scheduled during spring break for the university and area schools, is free. Two sessions will be offered, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. There is no need for advance registration.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm