Past Events

Idea Café - Shifting Viewpoints: Is Western Science an Indigenous Knowledge?

Jorge Soberon, Senior Research Scientist, Biodiversity Institute & Biodiversity Modeling and Policy Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor

So called Indigenous, or Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is viewed by many western scientists with a combination of amusement and doubt, and almost always, implicit judgement. But what if we apply the methods of analysing ITK to western science? After all, western science began its long walk to hegemony as the folk knowledge of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This exercise will likely prove both illuminating and humbling.
The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP by November 29 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 50 guests.

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Date/Time Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Idea Cafe: Can Democracy Survive the Digital Age?

Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath

As a follow-up to his presentation Thursday evening, Nicco Mele will challenge attendees to consider the values of democracy and whether they can withstand the growing presence of technology in daily life.
The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP by November 15 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 50 guests.

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Date/Time Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am

DATA & DEMOCRACY: Why Radical Connectivity Means The End of Big

Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath

Internet pioneer Nicco Mele shows how our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally is altering the power of business, politics, culture, education and more with a breathtaking speed that is disrupting our lives in revolutionary ways. Many of these changes are for the good. However, Nicco argues that the new realities of technology come at a high price. Nicco's keynote is both alarming and hopeful – thought provoking and passionately argued – and will change the way you use technology forever.

Since his early days as one of Esquire Magazine's "Best and Brightest" in America, Nicco has been a sought-after innovator, media commentator, and speaker. He serves on a number of private and non-profit boards, including the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Breakthrough.tv. Nicco is also co-founder of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
 

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Date/Time Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Jurassic Park

A Myths and Mayhem Film

 Sure, you've seen Jurassic Park. But have you watched in a museum -- with a paleontologist? Join David Burnham and the KU Natural History Museum Student Advisory Board for Jurassic Park, and get a dose of science with the fun.

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Date/Time Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Fantastic Flora of South Africa

More than 8,500 plant species are found in an area of South Africa that is less than .04 percent of the world’s land surface – so many that it is designated one of the world’s six floral kingdoms by itself. For the this Science on Tap, Botanist Mark Mort will lead a discussion about the amazing plant life of this region, how it evolved to be so diverse and threats to its survival.

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Date/Time Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Chemical Connections

 Who's a mad scientist? Join us for experiments and other activities based on chemical reactions. This event is co-hosted by the KU Department of Chemistry. 

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Date/Time Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Mammals with Curator Bob Timm - November

Mammals Curator Bob Timm will share information about one mammal species each month at a special drop-in event for children and families. Watch for information on the museum's Facebook page to learn what the featured mammal of the month will be.

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Date/Time Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Spiders, Spirits and Skeletons

 Join us for some spirited activities for children and families, just in time for Halloween. The museum is proud to partner with the Spencer Museum of Art for this event. 

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Date/Time Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Kingdom of the Spiders

A Myths and Mayhem Film

 Join us for a little campy horror with Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), starring William Shatner. We'll provide popcorn and scientific commentary for this film about a town overrun with tarantulas. 

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Date/Time Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Kansas High Plains Aquifer: The Future of the Underground Reservoir

The high plains aquifer is one of the largest and most accessible aquifer systems in the world. In Kansas, it supplies roughly 70% of the water used in the state each day. However, decades of large-volume pumping has led to steady declining water levels across the western portions of the state. Brownie Wilson of the Kansas Geological Survey will review conditions and trends in the aquifer and latest water management efforts to conserve and extend the life of the aquifer.

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Date/Time Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm