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, April 13 | 6:00 p.m.

Several women reading copies of women's press

Printed with Purpose: Women's Presses and Print Shops

In a culture disinterested in women's perspectives, Eugene's lesbian community defied invisibility with women-run presses and print shops. Come hear from the women who ran the presses and discover how they provided outlets for the women's and lesbian movements.

Moderator: Annelise Heinz
Storytellers: Kate Conley, Jane Gibbons, Connie Newman, Kate Thompson

Thursday, April 20 | 6:00 p.m.


Dramatic cliffs and mountain landscape

Climate Change, Dynamic Landscapes, and Evolution


Over deep time, changes in landscapes and climate stimulate changes in animal diversity through adaptation, speciation, and extinction. A panel of scientists explore how understanding changes in animal diversity can help conservation efforts in mountainous regions, which provide climatic refuges during periods of global warming.

Moderator: Edward Davis
Panelists: Catherine Badgley, Dana Reuter, Maya Stokes, Rebecca Terry

Thursday, May 18 | 6:00 p.m.

Sally Sheklow marches waving a Pride flag and wearing a "No Hate" shirt

O&O Panel: Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills, Then and Now

In the 1980s and 90s, a series of hateful and homophobic political measures rocked Oregon. Renewed attacks on civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community today—especially on the trans community—use similar tactics and echo the same harmful language. Hear reflections on the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement from those who lead the fight, then and now.

Moderator: Alison Gash
Storytellers: Debora Landforce, Harriet Merrick, David Fidanque, Max Skorodinsky