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Civil Rights and Restorative Justice in the Age of Polarization

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: David Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Sociology professor, David Cunningham, examines the relationship between longstanding campaigns to resist civil rights gains and today's deeply polarized political system, and highlights how a range of ongoing restorative justice initiatives seek to bridge these divisions.

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Chariots, Horses, and Taxis: The Disruptive History of Vehicles for Hire

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

The Director of UMSL's Center for Transportation Studies, Dr. Ray Mundy, provides a fascinating overview of the history of coach and taxi regulations from the 1600’s through to today's current disruption of Transportation Network Companies (Uber and Lyft).

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The Science of Love: A Neuroscience Mouse Model of Courtship and Behavior

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in the Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Timothy Holy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosciences and Computational and Systems Biology Programs, Division of Biology and Biological Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; recipient, Academy of Science - St. Louis 2009 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder, at least for male mice. In this post-Valentine's Day talk, Washington University neuroscientist, Timothy Holy, talks about the neural mechanisms of detecting and recognizing pheromones and his recently published research that looks at how long-term exposure to female scent puts the damper on courtship behavior in male mice.

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The Cootie Phenomenon: Gender, Cognition, and Stereotyping Development

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Due to unexpected illness, this event has been cancelled. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience. We hope to reschedule!

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Kimberly Powlishta, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Experimental Program: Developmental; Director, Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology, and the Gender Cognitions and Development Lab, , Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University

What causes the “cootie" phenomenon? Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Powlishta talks about the development of stereotyping, bias, and social identity in children. Before you do your holiday toy shopping for the children or adolescents in your life, you'll want to stop by for this talk as Dr. Powlishta touches on the ways in which toys are advertised and how those advertisements reflect—and sometimes encourage—gender stereotyping.

Smart Pavements and Solar Roadways: Piloting Transportation Solutions on the Road to Tomorrow

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

Missouri Department of Transportation engineer and the Department's Road to Tomorrow Team leader, Tom Blair, discusses MoDOT’s plans to integrate 21st-century technologies such as the Internet of Things, Solar Roadways, and Smart Pavements into our transportation system and services.

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Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: To Woo a Terrorist

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Aaron Kustermann, Chief of Intelligence, Illinois State Police

How do seemingly normal people become attracted to terrorist groups? What is it that brings them beyond curiosity to a place of action? Join Aaron Kustermann, Chief of Intelligence with the Illinois State Police, as he discusses how terror organizations recruit new members and the surprisingly sophisticated materials and modern technologies they use to influence both their members and potential recruits, and the general public. Along the way he shines light on what history and the last several years of indictments tell us about the demographics of recruits and how those demographics differ from country to country.

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The Science of Coffee

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Co-presented by Kaldi's Coffee
-- coffee tasting and lecture, 6:30 p.m. coffee tasting & 7:00 p.m. lecture

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required.

Featured Speakers: Tyler Zimmer, Owner, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company, and Frank McGinty, Executive Chef, Director of Sales and Marketing, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company

From growing, to roasting, to blending, to brewing, achieving the perfect cup of coffee is not just an art, but a science. Join Tyler Zimmer and Frank McGinty of Kaldi’s Coffee for this start-to-finish look at what it takes to create the right roast profile and serve up a delicious mug of America’s favorite drink.

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The Coffee Route: From Peru’s Chilchos Valley to St. Louis

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

6 - 7 p.m. Coffee Tasting: Sample Chilchos Valley Peruvian coffee, courtesy of Kuva Coffee!
7 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation

Featured Speaker: Rainer Willi Bussmann, Ph.D., Director and Curator for Economic Botany, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden

In 2008, in collaboration with local Kuva Coffee Company, the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden brought Café Peru Chilchos from Peru’s Chilchos Valley to Local Harvest Grocery here in St. Louis. Join Rainer Willi Bussmann, director and curator for economic botany at the William L. Brown Center, as he discusses this environmentally and economically sustainable coffee.

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Fashioning Women Under Totalitarian Regimes: Chic and Duty in Nazi Germany

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Victoria Rust, PhD, German and Comparative Literature, Department of Global Cultures and Languages, Southeast Missouri State University

Upon consolidating their political power, National Socialists attempted to create a new, Aryan model of femininity that aimed to sustain the National Community. Southeast Missouri State German and Comparative Literature instructor, Dr. Victoria Rust, analyzes the characteristics of this so-called New Woman as promoted by the state via the official propaganda and political organizations and as seen in the era’s contemporary women’s fashion magazines.

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Where in the World Are We? A Look at the Role Spatial Data has Played in Research and Our Daily Lives

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Aaron Addison, Director, Data & GIS Services, University Libraries, Washington University in St. Louis

We interact with spatial data in almost everything that happens during our daily lives. Location plays an important role in providing context for where things happen, our relationship to those around us, and how we navigate using our smart phones.

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The Lost (and Found) Architectural Heritage of St. Louis

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Free and Open to All!

Featured Speaker: Michael R. Allen, Director and Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office; Coordinator and Lecturer, American Culture Studies Program, Washington University – St. Louis University College

When the forces of economic and civic power give rise to great architecture, we rejoice. When the same forces, under different circumstance, destroy great buildings, we lament. Architectural historian Michael R. Allen presents stories from the city’s lost architectural history, as well as buildings that were replaced with equal or greater works of architecture, and how public memory can keep any building alive eternally.

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Rebuilding the American City: Models of Design and Planning

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Patty Heyda, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis

What is the spatial and social impact of the political economy in urban areas? Patty Heyda, assistant professor of urban design at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, explores the politics and spaces of urban redevelopment in St. Louis and other areas, looking especially at the particularities of American downtown redevelopment in the first decades of the new millennium.

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The Real Master of Sex—Virginia Johnson: A Legacy Lost, Found and Disputed

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speakers:
Susan Stiritz, MBA, Ph.D., MSW; AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator; Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Specialization in Sexual Health and Education, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
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Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW; AASECT Certified Sex Therapist; Adjunct Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

The hit Showtime program, Masters of Sex, presents a fictionalized account of St. Louis' own Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and sexual disorders. Join Susan Stiritz and Linda Weiner of the Brown School at Washington University for a fascinating look at the real Masters & Johnson.

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The Big Muddy: An Ecological History of the Missouri River and 21st Century Challenges

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: David L. Galat, Ph.D., Cooperative Associate Professor, retired, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri; Science Advisor, Great Rivers Partnership, The Nature Conservancy

In this fascinating and important talk on the Missouri River, its geology, ecological history and development—from Lewis and Clark, the steamboat era, and dam building, to the great flood of 1993 and today, Dr. Galat talks about current restoration programs and the 21st century challenges we face in protecting The Big Muddy, our nation’s longest river.

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Global Change in 1904: Electrification and the Dawn of the Anthropocene

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University

Dr. Jack Fishman, Saint Louis University, describes how the planet has changed since the time of the World's Fair and the dawn of the Anthropocene.

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MAKERS: Women in Space

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Join us for the first installment of the 2014-15 Community Cinema Series! WOMEN IN SPACE traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. The film includes interviews with Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot a spacecraft, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and it features Mae Jemison, the […]

Watersh(E)dification: Making the Invisible Visible

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Watersh(E)dification HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Please join us instead on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27 for The Academy's BioBlitz in Forest Park -- a citizen science flash exploration inventory of the park's biodiversity.  BioBlitz is a free public science offering of The Academy of Science and is open to all.     Watersh(E)dification: Making […]

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Crafting Beer: The Science of Brewing

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

There's more to beer than hops and yeast. Join Florian Kuplent, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., as he discusses the science behind craft beers and Beer Divergency, a unique philosophy that puts a modern spin on traditional brewing, while paying homage to the old.

Green Jobs, Green Justice and Building Capacity in Urban Communities

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

In many US cities efforts at stimulating green economic development strategies are yielding promising results. But in historically distressed communities, extreme economic distress and environmental injustice conditions bring additional challenges to any sort of capacity building. Saint Louis University urban planning professor, Sarah Coffin, explores how urban planning and policy researchers uncover the barriers to green economic development and identify the missing community capacity elements that can help promote green jobs and green justice.

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Beneath Your Feet: 250 Years of St. Louis Caves

Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO

For 250 years, the karst landscape beneath St. Louis has provided both opportunity and trouble, yet the nature of those interrelationships has profoundly changed. Early uses of caves and karst include beer cellars, water supply and trash disposal, whereas modern uses include storage, recreation and storm water drainage. The troubles have changed as well, underscoring the often neglected importance of a region's geologic framework to its historical development.

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