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
February 21: Forest Keepers: Science, Spirituality & Conservation among the Batak Tribe
J. Scott Dodds is an award-winning ethnographic filmmaker. For the past 20 years he has worked with anthropologists and environmentalists in following the Batak, a gather-hunter group in the Philippines. Batak live in fear of vengeful forest spirits who take retribution on anyone who doesn't respect the forest or wastes its resources. As a result they have developed not only a highly detailed knowledge of the natural environment, but also techniques for harvesting forest products sustainably. This has not been lost on environmental scientists, who are working with the Batak to conserve the forest while protecting them from commercial forest harvesters and encroaching farmers.
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