Lunch & Lecture

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

women watching lectureTake 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; $20 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

2019-2020 Lunch & Lecture series 
man working at table with microscopeOctober 8, 2019 - How Spiders Become Parents

John Dobyns, Director of Outreach and Operations, UW Oshkosh CAPP Office

All species on the planet continue the lineage somehow.....or they wouldn’t be a species!  This talk will delve into the varied spider mating behaviors seen. From the beginning of the courtship process to the sometimes gruesome end of male suitors, participants in this lecture should leave with a robust appreciation of what it means to have successfully created offspring as a member of this large “generalist” predator group.

Sandwich — Lemon Chicken Salad Wraps (with lettuce and tomato)
Soup — Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Bisque
Salad — Glass/cellophane Noodle Salad
Dessert — Decorated Cupcakes

headshot of womanNovember 19, 2019 -   Our Grandmother's Dress

Siobahn Marks, Communications & Marketing Director, Indian Community School 

Learn about the history and cultural significance of the traditional dress of the Woodland tribal women.  Many of these women don’t recognize the dress of their grandmothers and only a handful have made one or worn one. Siobhan Marks (Anishinaabe name Zeegwun Noodenese) is working to change that among tribal communities and will share some beautiful examples of the dress. No tour.

Sandwich — Bison Sliders (served with lettuce, tomato, and red onions)
Soup — Sweet Corn Chowder
Salad — Vegetable Rice Pilaf
Dessert — Dean’s Native Fry Bread (tossed with cinnamon and sugar; served with whipped cream)

Presenting sponsor:
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photo of woman in sunny fieldFebruary 11, 2020 - Dragonflies & Aquatic Insects

Jessica Orlofske, UW-Parkside and MPM Adjunct

Please check back soon for an updated lecture description.

Sandwich — Steak and Roasted Sweet Potato Burrito
Soup — Tex-Mex Minestrone
Salad — Garden
Dessert — Parfait Assortment

headshot of bearded manMarch 10, 2020 - CONSTELLATIONS! Investigation, Imagination, & Inspiration

Robert Bonadurer, Planetarium & Dome Theater Director

The sky is a mirror to the human soul. We create star stories reflecting our sense of adventure and our longing for understanding.  We see animals, birds, and powerful mythological creatures. We imagine we see ourselves. This talk will focus on the development and production of Constellations, the latest original show by the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium.  No tour.

Sandwich — Zilli Gourmet Grilled cheese
Soup — Creamy Roasted Tomato
Salad — Cranberry, Almond, and Broccoli Salad
Dessert — Decorated Cookie Assortment

photo of woman in front of leavesApril 14, 2020 - Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation

Karen S. Oberhauser, Director, UW-Madison Arboretum; Professor, Dept. of Entomology

Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large annual fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Karen will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, and then discuss what all of us can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come.  No tour.

Sandwich — Grilled Chicken Skewers(Satay)
Soup — Seafood Couscous
Salad — Apple Slaw
Dessert — Assorted Dessert Bars

headshot of woman with brown hairMay 12, 2020 - Women in Collections

Dawn Scher Thomae, Curator of Anthropology Collections

Check back soon for a description of this lecture.

Sandwich  — Slow Roasted BBQ Pulled Pork
Soup — Springy Chicken
Salad – Ranchero Pasta
Dessert — Chocolate Brownies

Past Lunch & Lectures

May 14, 2019 - "'Lumos!' Taxonomy and Biology of Wisconsin Fireflies"
Dr. Daniel K. Young, Professor of Entomology and Director of Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC)

April 9, 2019 - "A Poisonous Mushroom in a New Country and the Genes It Carried with It"
Anne Pringle, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Departments of Botany and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 12, 2019 - "Handicrafts for Hard Times: The WPA Milwaukee Handicraft Project"
Jackie Schweitzer, History Collection Manager

February 12, 2019 - "The Bees of the Southern Lake Michigan Region: An Ecological and Faunistic Monograph"
 Laura Rericha-Anchor, Wildlife Biologist II at Forest Preserve District of Cook County

November 6, 2018 - "Tribute to Survival"
James Kelly,  Exhibit Director Emeritus

October 9, 2018 - "A History of Native American Policy and Activism:  From the American Indian Movement to Today"
Heather Bruegl,  member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

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

April 10, 2018 - "Next-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!