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Café Scientifique

Birds, Evolution and the Tree of Life with professor Scott Lanyon

Tuesday, May 20, 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), Bryant Lake Bowl
Tickets: $5-$12, will be available online or at the door, cash bar and food available for purchase

From Darwin's finches to the last passenger pigeon, the relationship between humans and birds has been by turns eye-opening, complicated, mysterious, instructive and deadly. Prof. Scott Lanyon will be speaking on how keen observation of our feathered "frenemies" helps provide the foundation for phylogenetic systematics—the way biologists reconstruct the pattern of events that have led to the distribution and diversity of life. 

Lanyon is the former director of the Bell Museum, and is currently head of the department of ecology, evolution and behavior in the College of Biological Sciences. He held positions at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in addition to serving on the boards of several national science organizations. Lanyon is past Vice President of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

Café Scientifique provides a happy hour forum for science and culture discussion. Hear from University faculty and researchers as they share their work with the public. 


Cafe ScientifiqueA Happy Hour Forum for Science and Culture

The Bell Museum's Café Scientifique provides a happy hour program for adults that brings research from the University of Minnesota and beyond into some of the Twin Cities' most unique and atmospheric bars and restaurants.
Each monthly gathering explores science and natural history from distinct and surprising viewpoints, drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life.

Café Scientifique Around The World
Across the country and around the globe, adults who share an interest in scientific research are gathering in pubs and coffee houses for informal discussions on relevant and often provocative scientific topics. Science Cafés and Café Scientifique events are a chance for adults to exchange opinions and ideas about science and related issues.
International Café Scientifique Website


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From September through May, Café Scientifique meets at Bryant Lake Bowl.
Bryant Lake Bowl (Uptown area of Minneapolis)
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
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