Join us for a thought-provoking talk. Throughout the year, we bring a diverse array of experts and advocates to the museum to lead conversations about scientific, cultural, and social justice topics. Check out our upcoming talks below, and follow us on Facebook to hear about newly announced talks.

Talks are included with regular admission. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount. Free admission for museum members and UO ID card holders.  




Thursday, September 15 | 6:00 p.m.

A graphic of a woman with a ponytail runs or leaps forward with wings spalyed behind her. UO logo is on her chest and the Roman numeral 9 or IX is under her like a hurdle.

Women in Sports

June 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Join us as we celebrate the anniversary with a panel of legendary female athletes. Peg Rees, Bev Smith, Grace Golden, and Willette White will reflect on their experiences as athletes, coaches, and advocates for women in sports. 


More about the panelists: 
Peg Rees was a three-sport athlete and coached volleyball at the University of Oregon before becoming the director of Physical Education at UO. Bev Smith is a three-time Olympian and former UO Women’s Basketball player and coach. Grace Golden is a former Oregon Track & Field athlete and is the Program Director and Clinical Research Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program, UO Department of Physiology.  Willette White coached women’s basketball for 30 years including positions at four PAC-12 schools.

Thursday, September 29 | 6:00 p.m.

Wood cutout dating from Renaissance depicting a man spewing a liquid (wine perhaps?) into three separate wine glasses from his mouth.

What was Natural Magic and What Does it Have to do with Science?

Join UO historian Vera Keller as she explores the magics of medieval and Renaissance Europe. Unlike other forms of magic that called upon supernatural powers, natural magic practitioners tried to harness the "hidden" powers of nature for magical use. Come discover how the early development of experimental sciences owes much to the practices of natural magic.