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, January 23 | 6:00 p.m.

Eric Richardson

Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

Join Eric Richardson, executive director of the Eugene Springfield NAACP, for an evening of jazz performances and a discussion of the role of jazz music in the American civil rights movement.

Thursday, February 20 | 6:00 p.m.


On Art, Camp, and Human Sacrifice (A Lecture)

In this farcical, intentionally inept Powerpoint presentation, Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi dons her persona as Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Metaphysical & Digestive Clown Research to offer findings on the art world, camp aesthetics, and (naturally) their correlation to ancient human sacrifice. You'll laugh along as Carla lampoons the sometimes disingenuous realm of art theory and inspires us to think about why we look at art and its subjects the way we do. The performance will be followed by a longer, sincere artist talk—with Anthony Hudson taking over from underneath the clown makeup—followed by Q&A and conversation with the audience, for a two-hour total engagement.

Cosponsored by the University of Oregon Office of the President, LGBT Education and Support Services, Department of Art, and Department of the History of Art and Architecture, with additional support from Carolee von Shillagh.  

Thursday, March 12 | 6:00 p.m.

Women in Sports panel photo

Local Legends: Women in Sports 

Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel of legendary female athletes. Bev Smith, Becky Sisley, Lois Youngen, and Grace Golden will reflect on their experiences as athletes, coaches, and advocates for women in sports. Moderated by Peg Rees, past director of Physical Education at the University of Oregon, the panel will be followed by an audience-driven discussion. 

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

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker

Eugene's Black Communities—Then and Now

Join Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Deborah Reynolds, Elder Roy Samuels, Jennifer Broadous-Scurlock, and Callan Coleman as they share stories from Eugene's civil rights years and their ongoing experiences as members of Eugene's Black community. Moderated by Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson, the panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Thursday, April 23 | 6:00 p.m.

Eric Ward

Organized Bigotry: A History of Hate Groups in Oregon

Join Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a national expert on the history of hate violence, for an examination of hate groups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. What are the impacts of these groups on People of Color, other minorities, and our democratic institutions? What actions we can take to counter the hate?