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The Lecture Series
The Lecture Series is your chance to hear from the most exciting thinkers, makers, and doers in the world of science and history! The Lecture Series is a family-friendly event, although each presentation may appeal to a different audience. Each presentation is 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A period. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions!
5:45 PM: VIP reception begins
6:45 PM: Doors open
7:00 PM: Lecture begins
8:00 PM: Event ends
Non-member / Member
$5 / $3
$15 / $12
Meet the Speaker
Please note that free parking is not available. The Cultural District parking lots are controlled by the City of Fort Worth, not the Museum.
Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
January 10, 2022 at 7 PM
Richard Bell, Ph.D.
Professor of History, University of Maryland
America has Hamilton-mania! Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. In this talk, we’ll explore what the show’s success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the US—and why all that matters.
Navigating the Road to Reconciliation
February 21, 2022 at 7 PM
Frederick Gooding, Ph.D.
Dr. Ronald E. Moore Professor in Humanities, Texas Christian University
Talking about racial discrimination can be a rough ride and the past can be viewed from many perspectives. Despite numerous policy changes over the years, many institutions continue to stall or struggle with data suggesting that a disproportionate number of people of color simply do not share the same inclusive experiences as their white colleagues. Join me to explore how leveraging a multiplicity of voices at the table and supporting principles of reconciliation can help speed us down the path towards healing.
Climate Change Adaptation, From the South American Andes to Our DFW Neighborhoods
April 18, 2022 at 7 PM
Courtney Cecale, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of North Texas
Climate change is here and will affect us all. But how are people responding, adapting and preparing? This talk looks at cultural responses to these global changes, from the Andes of Peru to our own DFW neighborhoods. Together, we’ll look at the creative, scientific, and sometimes adventurous responses to climate change—including mountaineering 23,000’ glaciated peaks.
Charmed, I’m sure: Meteorites as Objects of Cultural Importance
May 9, 2022 at 7 PM
Rhiannon G. Mayne, Ph.D.
Oscar and Juanita Monnig Endowed Chair of Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Texas Christian University
Meteorites are objects usually prized primarily for their scientific value; for example, they help answer questions about the formation of our solar system. However, there is also a long history of meteorites also being objects of significant cultural importance. Qarabawi’s Camel Charm is a sample acquired by the Smithsonian in 1974. It consists of a flattened disk about 6.5 cm in diameter and four links, all of which are made from meteoritic material. In this presentation, I will discuss the combined scientific and ethnographic study of the Camel Charm, and the Wadi El Gamal meteorite from which it was made.