Lunch & Lecture

Get a taste of some of the great research happening in Milwaukee during our Lunch & Lecture presentations.

Take an optional guided pre-lecture docent tour, explore the topic du jour with an MPM curator or special guest, and if you’re hungry for more, stay for a great lunch.

Lunch & Lecture DAY Schedule

Optional Docent Tour – 10:30 a.m., meet near the circular desk across from the Cafe
Lecture in Gromme Lecture Hall – 11:30 a.m.
Optional Buffet Lunch in Garden Gallery – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Lecture Tickets

Cost: $25 per person; $19 for members
Lecture Only: $5; FREE for members and students
Docent Tour: $4 per person; $2 for members. Tours are capped at 25 people.
Registration required - call 414-278-2728 to register

2018-2019 Lunch & Lecture series 

heather brueglA History of Native American Policy and Activism:  From the American Indian Movement to Today

October 9, 2018

For many years, Native Americans were forced to live by standards set by the United States, most aimed at assimilation. Learn about the beginnings of the American Indian Movement and the organized protests that they led, including the Occupation of Alcatraz and Wounded Knee.  Learn how the activism of the 1960s lives on and how we are dealing with issues in the Native community today. Presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Heather Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History.  Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born.  Heather currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism. 

Lunch Menu:
Soup - Sweet Corn Chowder
Sandwich - Mini Fry Bread Taco (ground beef, shredded cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado salsa)
Salad - Quinoa 
Dessert - Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise


James kellyTribute to Survival

November 6, 2018

Opened in the fall of 1993, MPM’s A Tribute to Survival exhibition celebrates the history and diversity of Wisconsin’s tribal nations. This exhibition was the product of a multi-year collaboration between the Milwaukee Public Museum and tribal members from across the state.   Hear from James Kelly, Exhibit Director Emeritus, and learn about the history and development of the iconic A Tribute to Survival exhibit. Presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Lunch Menu: 
Soup - Tri-colored Creamy Potato
Sandwich - Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Salad - Wild Rice Pilaf (with craisins, apples, and walnuts)
Dessert - Mini Native American Fry Bread (with cinnamon-sugar and  raspberry glaze)


laura rerichaThe Bees of the Southern Lake Michigan Region: An Ecological and Faunistic Monograph

February 12, 2019

The ecological relationship that has developed between bees and flowering plants — food acquisition and pollination — is a topic of rich study.  Geographically rare bee species, unknown to occur in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, have been discovered during the recent collecting efforts and are significant in that their natural histories have been refined.  Notwithstanding the numerous factors accelerating the decline of bees, such as habitat loss, climate change, pesticides/herbicides, diseases, and parasites, the intactness of natural-area remnants or habitats is where the bulk of bee diversity resides today. Hear from   Laura Rericha-Anchor, Wildlife Biologist II at Forest Preserve District of Cook County in Elgin, IL and Research Associate at Conservation Research Institute in Cedarburg, WI.

Lunch Menu: 
Soup - Italian Sausage Florentine with Gnocchi
Sandwich - Honey Mustard Chicken on 9-Grain Ciabatta
Salad - Garden 
Dessert - Baklava (made with locally raised honey)


anne pringle with a mushroomA Poisonous Mushroom in a New Country and the Genes It Carried with It

April 9, 2019

Mushrooms in the genus Amanita are deadly poisonous. Commonly found in our Wisconsin forests and across North America, "Destroying Angels" and "Star Foots" may look harmless or even enticing, but when eaten, the mushrooms cause a painful death, for people and pets.  Anne Pringle, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Departments of Botany and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss the history of Amanita phalloides, or "Death Cap," in North America, including how deaths have alerted research to new sightings of the fungus, and explore recently generated data which seem to suggest toxin gene evolution is more dynamic than anyone has ever suspected.

Lunch Menu: 
Soup - Earthy Mushroom Bisque
Sandwich - Roast Beef, Swiss, Red Onions, Lettuce, and Cherry Compote
Salad - Vegetable Pasta
Dessert - Candied Apples

Past Lunch & Lectures

May 8, 2018 - BioBlitz: Helping to Map the Biological Diversity of Urban Areas -- One Park at a Time
Ellen J. Censky, Ph.D, Senior Vice President/Academic Dean

April 10, 2018Next-Generation Natural History: From Collecting to Chemical Ecology in the Vampire Moths and Their Fruit-Piercing Relatives
Jen Zaspel,  Research Curator of Zoology

March 13, 2018 -  Mesoamerica and the Maya
Carter Lupton, Curator Emeritus; formerly Head of Anthropology and History and Curator of Ancient History at MPM

November 14, 2017 - Forget the Gentler Sex: Infamous Women Warriors in History
Dawn Scher Thomae, Curator of Anthropology Collections

October 10, 2017 - Aerial Warfare Between Bats and Moths
Dr. Nicolas J. Dowdy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

May 9, 2017 - Establishing Rice Cultivation in Wisconsin: A Long Term Vision
Michael Schlappi, Ph.D, Professor of Biological Sciences, Marquette University

April 11, 2017 - The Botany of Beverages
Christopher Tyrrell, Ph.D, Botany Collection Manager, Milwaukee Public Museum

March 14, 2017 - Banquet Milwaukee: A tummy rubbing view of Milwaukee celebratory food and drink 
Al Muchka, Curator of History Collections, Milwaukee Public Museum

February 7, 2017 - Digitization: Mobilizing Past Collections for Future Science
Alyssa Caywood, Collection Digitization Project Manager, and Julia Colby, Vertebrate & Invertebrate Collections Manager, Milwaukee Public Museum

And more!