Lunch & Lecture

Get a taste of some of the great research happening in Milwaukee during our monthly 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 Schedule
Optional Docent Tour – 10:30 a.m., meet near the Will-Call desk
Lecture in Gromme Lecture Hall –11:30 a.m.
Buffet lunch in Garden Gallery – 12:30 p.m.
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Lunch & Lecture Tickets
Cost: $18; $15 for members
Lecture Only: $5; FREE for members and students
Registration required - call (414) 278-2728 to register

Lunch & Lecture Topics

October 8, 2013 - Milwaukee’s Growing Solar Program
Amy Heart, City of Milwaukee Solar Program Manager
Amy Heart directs Milwaukee’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, a project of the City’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. Heart will provide an overview of Milwaukee’s growing solar program. In just four short years, the number of solar installations in the City of Milwaukee has increased five-fold, and solar has never been more affordable. Heart will talk about ways in which Milwaukee is helping to provide education for customers, training for professionals, and partnerships with the growing number of companies involved in all aspects of the solar supply chain.
Optional docent tour: Streets of Old Milwaukee

November 12, 2013 - The Early Evolution of Animals
Dr. Stephen Dornbos, UW-Milwaukee Department of Geosciences and MPM Adjunct Curator of Geology
The first fossil evidence for animals is found in marine rocks of the Ediacaran and Cambrian Periods (ca. 635-488 million years ago). Known popularly as the “Cambrian explosion,” this radiation is one of the most critical events in the history of life on Earth, with complex animals evolving for the first time, radiating throughout the world’s oceans, and diversifying into most of the major animal groups that we still see today. This talk will review the major ecological events of this radiation, such as the first evidence for macropredation, extensive skeletonization, deep burrowing in the seafloor, and macroscopic sense organ development.
Optional docent tour: The Third Planet

December 10, 2013 - The Scoop on MMSD: Where it All Ends Up
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)
MMSD is in the midst of moving toward more sustainable approaches to managing stormwater and wastewater in the Milwaukee region. Shafer will review MMSD’s current record, how we got here, and then relay the next steps that will be taken to move us toward a more sustainable future.
Optional docent tour: The Third Planet and Exploring Life on Earth

January 14, 2014 - A Quilt, a Scientist and the Milwaukee Public Museum: Teaching Children America’s Colonial Past
Valerie Davis, Honorary MPM Curator, History
In 1903, the Museum launched a series of lectures and an exhibition for Milwaukee’s public school children on early American history. To this end, objects were gathered from the Museum’s collections that would best illustrate America’s story: early firearms, early American quilts and other handmade objects. Since MPM did not have any quilts in its collection at the time, members of the Milwaukee chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution assisted in obtaining handmade quilts and thus the Museum’s American quilt collection began. Learn what educators at the time wanted children to know about American history and how that influenced the MPM’s acquisition of quilts and other American-made objects.
Optional docent tour: Streets of Old Milwaukee

February 11, 2014 - Studying Textiles from the Ground Up: Tracking the Story of “Himatyei” Textiles and What They Can Teach us About Globalization
Bill Wood, UW-Milwaukee Department of Anthropology and MPM Adjunct Curator of Anthropology
This presentation explores what we can learn about the processes of globalization from material culture and in particular from textiles produced, in part, in northern India. Rather than approaching the topic of globalization by following these items from producers, to intermediaries, to their places of sale in the U.S., Wood frames their story from the ground up, literally. Trace the origins of these textiles from the minerals in the earth, to the effects of domestication on the hair follicles of sheep that produce the wool, and so on. The result is a framing of the study of a material culture item that introduces a host of agents not frequently considered in discussions of globalization.
Optional docent tour: Textiles of Middle and South America and the American Southwest

March 11, 2014 - Wisconsin State Natural Areas: Saving our Native Landscapes
Thomas Meyer, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin’s first European settlers of the 1800s encountered a land of vast prairies and savannas, virgin forests, and rich wetlands. State Natural Areas preserve the best remaining examples of Wisconsin’s native landscapes and the rare plants and animals they harbor. Learn more about these special places and how the DNR and its partners work together to save them.
Optional docent tour: Wisconsin Natural Areas

April 8, 2014 - The Magnificent Aging Brain
Diane Baughn, Alzheimer’s Association
How does the brain change as we grow older? What functions improve as we age? What can we do to keep our brains healthy throughout our lives? Come to explore these topics and more as we discuss the magnificent aging brain.
Optional docent tour: Chinese House, Chinese cooking, Japanese and Korean Houses

May 13, 2014 - Beyond the Veil: Diversity in Arab & Muslim Women’s Clothing
Carter Lupton, Head of History/Anthropology
The Museum has cooperated with AMWRRI, the Arab & Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute, on developing an exhibition here for the summer of 2014. Featured will be many examples of ethnic clothing owned by women now residing in the Milwaukee area. The explanations of the significance and meanings of these various items will take visitors “beyond the veil” to better understand and appreciate the diversity of this aspect of our community.
Optional docent tour: Comparing Women’s Clothing in Indigenous Cultures