Science on Tap

science on tap logoWe’re exploring the space where science and culture intersect, and we’re doing it over drinks.

Grab a brew (or root-brew!) and meet us online OR onsite. This Carpenter lecture series features some of the best minds in science. From the sensation of being hugged by an octopus to quantum mechanics, Science on Tap looks to answer questions you never knew you had!

Upcoming Lectures
William Fitzhugh"Narwhal"
William W. Fitzhugh

William Fitzhugh, Director, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Curator, Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, will present the fascinating story of the legendary narwhal and its mysterious tusk. Discover its biology and natural history, who its relatives are, its evolutionary history, and the function of its tusk. Vikings returned its tusks from Greenland; cups made from its tusk for kings were an antidote for poison. Though legendary to Europeans, the narwhal has been known to Inuit people for 4,000 years. Finally, learn how climate change is affecting narwhals and what is in store for their future.


About the Speaker
William Fitzhugh is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology, and environmental studies. As director of the Arctic Studies Center and Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Bill has spent more than 40 years studying and publishing on arctic peoples and cultures.

As curator of the National Museum of Natural History's arctic collections, Bill has produced five international exhibitions. His public and educational activities include the production of films. He served as Chairman of the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology from 1975-80 and again in 2002-2005, has been an Advisor to the Arctic Research Commission, represents the Smithsonian and arctic social science in various government councils, served on the Smithsonian Science Commission, and holds various other administrative and advisory posts.

Date and Time

Thursday, September 22, 2022
6-7:00 p.m. Onsite social hour
7-8:00 p.m. Lecture

Cost and Tickets

Onsite: FREE for Sustainer+ members, $5 members, $10 non-members
Virtual: Free for members, $5 non-members, $20 groups of 10+*

*Sustainer+ members and groups of 10+ must purchase tickets by calling reservations at 414-278-2728.

Onsite Tickets
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Past Events
  • May 19, 2022 - John Hawks - "Discovering Human Ancestors in the Caves of South Africa"
  • February 24, 2022 - Jingmai O'Connor - "The Evolution of Dinosaurian Flight"
  • October 21, 2021Corey Jaskolski - "Exploring the Deep"
  • April 29, 2021 - Thor Hanson - "Common Wonders"
  • February 18, 2021Robin Wall Kimmerer - "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants"
  • October 22, 2020Nalini M. Nadkarni - "Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Rainforests and Humans"
  • January 16, 2020 -  Dr. Jo Handelsman  -  "Soil: A Precious Resource Under Threat"
  • October 17, 2019 - Dr. Cheryl Y. Hayashi - "Secrets of Spider Webs"
  • April 11, 2019Dr. Mark Siddall  - "Toxic Tales Through Time"
  • February 21, 2019 - Corey Jaskolski - "Technology for Exploration"
  • November 15, 2018 - Dr. Merlin Tuttle -  "The Incredible World of Bats — Why We Need Them"
  • March 29, 2018 -  Dr. Takeshi Inomata - "Clues to the Origins of Maya Civilization Revealed"
  • November 2, 2017 - Dr. Justin Vandenbroucke - "Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole"
  • September 28, 2017Mary Roach -  "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War"
  • April 27, 2017Jennifer Casey - "The Nature of Slow Food"
  • March 16, 2017 - Michael E. Mann, PhD - "The Madhouse Effect"

And more!

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