A happy hour forum for science and culture, Cafés offer a unique experience for adults to explore our world from distinct and surprising viewpoints—drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life. Enjoy lively talks on a variety of topics led by guest speakers from the University of Minnesota and beyond along with the atmosphere of the Bryant Lake Bowl theater in Minneapolis.
7 pm (doors at 6 pm)
Tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door
Learn about mycology and renewable energy with Kat Sweeney from the University of Minnesota Plant Pathology Department.
Fall 2016 Cafés
September 20: The Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus
Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus was dean of the Institute of Technology (now College of Science & Engineering) at the University of Minnesota, founder of the National Sea Grant program, inventor of the skyway system and bathythermograph (drawings of which grace the Scholars Walk at the U), and author of the "Our New Age" comic strip that ran weekly for 20 years in newspapers around the world to delight and inspire 5 million readers with a focus on science. Presenter Sharon Moen, communications coordinator for Minnesota Sea Grant and author of "With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future", will regale us with stories of Spilhaus' many contributions to science, policy and even public art.
October 18: Fungi