Join us in the evening for a thought-provoking talk at the museum. 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 12 | 6:00 p.m.

Stonewall Riots

Reflections on Stonewall at 50 

The riots at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969 are considered the birthday of the modern gay movement. Join University of Oregon history professor and vice provost Ellen Herman she describes those events along with other turning points in LGBTQ history. What can Stonewall at 50 teach us about rights, identity, community, and culture in the United States?

Thursday, September 19 | 6:00 p.m.

Owl in the museum

Raptors of Oregon: Successes and Concerns in a Changing World

Join Kit Lacy of the Cascades Raptor Center for an in-depth look at Oregon's modern raptors and the dynamic habitats they occupy. Co-sponsored by the Cascades Raptor Center.

Thursday, October 24 | 6:00 p.m.

Craig Miller

Gay Rodeo: A Celebration of Western Rural Heritage and Gay Culture 

Gay rodeo reveals a long-marginalized segment of the western community, blending rural heritage with the courage, humor, and expression of urban gay America. Join folklorist Craig Miller on a journey into the history of gay rodeo, and explore the values that help unify it as a community. 

Miller's talk is cosponsored by the University of Oregon Folklore and Public Culture Program; Department of History; LGBT Education and Support Services, and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Oregon Folklife Network, a division of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a special contributor to this event.

Thursday, November 14 | 6:00 p.m.

Gwen Carr

Illuminating Oregon's Early Black History

Join Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers for a discussion of Oregon's early Black history. Gwen will share stories of Black lives and communities during the 1800s—and explore how they navigated the exclusionary and racist laws that shaped the settling of the region.