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.  



Spring 2023 TALKS

Thursday, February 2 | 6:00 p.m.

A black and white photo of women holding a banner marching in a parade. The banner reads Soromundi: Lesbian Chorus of Eugene

World-Making: Eugene's Lesbian Arts & Culture Scene

Come discover Eugene's unique lesbian arts and culture scene from the 1970s–1990s. Hear how Eugene lesbian artists built a world of art, song, theater, and dance, and how they experienced art as an outlet for self-expression, community building, and political protest.
Moderator: Judith Raiskin
Panelists: Debby Martin, Linda Rose, Lisa Hellemn, Enid Lefton

Thursday, February 16 | 6:00 p.m.

John Day painted hills

Rodents, Dynamic Landscapes, and Evolution—30 Million Years of Change

Species diversity is greater in regions that are more geographically complex—but why? A scientists discuss how mountain-building and climatic history has influenced the evolution and diversity of rodents in western North America over the last 30 million years.

Moderator: Edward Davis
Panelists: geomorphologist Rebecca Dorsey, biologist Greer Dolby, paleontologist Samantha Hopkins, geomorphologist Brian Yanites


Thursday, March 9 | 6:00 p.m.

Several white women with short hair identifying as lesbians lean against a white Toyota pickup truck. There are four dogs in the image.

Alternative Economies: Eugene's Lesbian Collectives

For decades, lesbians in Eugene enriched the city with innovative and successful collective businesses. Come hear narrators from the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project reflect on how they created an alternative to capitalist, male-dominated social and economic systems.
Moderator: Annelise Heinz
Panelists: Judy Goldstein, Susie Grimes, Gladys Campbell, Christine Frazier

Thursday, March 16 | 6:00 p.m.

Book cover for Northern Paiutes of the Malheur

Northern Paiutes of the Malheur—High Desert Reckoning in Oregon Country

Following the 1878 Bannock War, the U.S. government stripped Paiutes of their ancestral lands and reservation. For more than a century, a false narrative has blamed Paiute Chief Egan for inciting the war. Join author David Wilson as he reveals government officials' misinformation campaign blaming the Paiutes for the injustices they suffered at the hands of these men.

Book signing to follow the talk. Copies of Northern Paiutes of the Malheur—High Desert Reckoning in Oregon Country will be available in the museum store.