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
March 21: Hunting Knowledge and Gathering Herbs: Rastafari Bush Doctors in South Africa
Guest speaker: Lisa Aston Philander, Curator of the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory & Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology
Lisa's research focuses on traditional knowledge and trade of medicinal plants in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa where she examined the trade of phytomedicines and developed community-based programming to conserve and grow endangered plant species. You can learn more about Lisa's work in Roots to Healing: A brief survey of the past, present and future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota, which is now on display at Northrop Auditorium.
September 20, 2016: The Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus
Sharon Moen, Communications Coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant & author of "With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future"
October 18, 2016: The Fungi Around Us
Kat Sweeney, Researcher, UMN Department of Plant Pathology
November 15, 2016: What Should a Clever Moose Eat?
Dr. John Pastor, Ecosystem Ecologist, UMN-Duluth Department of Biology
December 20, 2016: Moving Minnesota: Reinventing the Bell Museum Dioramas
Don Luce, Curator of Exhibits, Bell Museum of Natural History
January 17, 2017: The Beautiful Problem of Turbulence
Sam Stewart, Ph.D. student, UMN Department of Mathematics
February 21: Forest Keepers: Science, Spirituality & Conservation among the Batak Tribe
J. Scott Dodds, award-winning ethnographic filmmaker