Past Events

Debate: Data & Democracy - Our Technology, Our Future

The Commons will host a debate, moderated by Leonard Krishtalka, about the data deluge, our growing reliance on silicon and algorithms, and the outsourcing of decision-making to artificial "thinking machines." Dartmouth Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy James Moor will speak about human relationships with and reliance on technology from a conditional Dystopian perspective. KU Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Perry Alexander will deliver the Utopian counterpoint. Audience participation will drive the second portion of the event. Reception to follow.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Nano Science

 Get into the science of small during this Science Saturday event. Find out how many quarks tall you are! And in the meantime, get adventures in the subatomic universe -- check out the Quarked website.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Film: The Birds

A Myths and Mayhem Film Event

 Break out the popcorn for Hitchcock's classic horror film, the first in our series of films and curator commentary. This event is coordinated by the museum's student advisory board. The public is welcome. 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Solving the Riddle of Cancer, Now and in the Future

A Science on Tap Event

With the completed sequence of the human genome, scientists are now able to decipher the specific mutations in genes that can lead to cancer.  Armed with this knowledge, researchers are synthesizing novel drugs that directly target and kill cancer cells, while avoiding the side effects seen with traditional chemotherapy.  For this Science on Tap, biochemist Bryan Smith will discuss traditional cancer therapies and the new drugs that are being developed to directly target certain cancers.

Science on Tap is a science cafe hosted by Free State Brewing, 636 Massachusetts St. Guest moderators introduce a topic and then guide discussion with the audience. Bring your curiosity and your questions.


Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Behind the Scenes: Botany

 Join us for a tour of our botany collection, home to more than 400,000 research specimens of leafy plants, seeds, lichens, grasses, trees and shrubs. Pre-registration required by Feb. 1; call 785-864-4450 register. $5-$7 contribution requested. 

Event Details

Date/Time Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Natural History Art: Gyotaku

A Watkins Museum event

 Want to make your own fish print? Your chance to try the artform of Gyotaku will be part of the Watkins Museum's opening for the exhibit "Riverkings of Kansas." Gyotaku is a Japanese printmaking method traditionally used by fishermen to record their catches. Watch a demonstration at this event at the Watkins Museum, 1047 Mass., and make your own. 

Event Details

Date/Time Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Drop in and Draw: Birds

 Bring your sketch pad and draw with us! We'll provide the feathers, and you provide the creativity. You can sketch your favorite animals from our exhibits or draw those specifically on display for this drop-in event. 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Science Saturday: Take Flight

 The museum has gone to the birds! See exotic specimens of our fine feathered friends from around the world. Learn about the forces of flight and launche your own flying creation.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Saturday: the body

Join us for a little body science featuring “Anatomy Alex,” a life-sized game modeled on the classic game “Operation,” and much more. This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Saturday: Insects

Explore the insect world, construct your own bug, see creepy crawly insects and even eat one if you're daring! This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm