Lecture Series

Smithsonian Congress of Scholars

This lecture series is organized by the Smithsonian Congress of Scholars to bring together researchers from across the Institution. Lectures are generally not open to the public, but in some cases are made available via webcast.

Sept. 15, 2011:  

David Pawson, NMAH:"Smithsonian Scientists Sail the Seven Seas: Deep-Sea Resarch 100 years ago on the US Fisheries Steamer Albatross"

Oct. 13, 2011:  
Dave Johnson, NMNH - "Resolution of a Deep-Sea Conundrum: Astonishing larval transformations and extreme sexual dimorphism unite three fish families”

Nov. 9, 2011:  
Interpreting a Complex World through Art and Science: Bob Craddock (NMNH): Earth and Mars: Understanding Your World From A Handful Of Sand & Anne Goodyear (NPG) ‘Call it a Little Game Between I and Me’: 
Marcel Duchamp and the Wilson-Lincoln System

Smithsonian Congress of Scholars Annual Event, 2012

January 11, 2012

"Voyages of Exploration and Smithsonian Scholarship"

Feb. 9, 2012 (at Freer Conference Room)

Richard Osman, SERC: "Changes in Marine Coastal Communities Climate, Invasions, Historical Records, and Critters on the Bottom of Boats”

March 8, 2012 (at Freer Conference Room)

Daniel Fabricant, SAO: From Samuel Pierpont Langley to the Giant Magellan Telescope

April 12, 2012

Cheryl Ganz- Hindenberg, NPM: "Zeppelin Hindenburg. Salvaging Details"

Sept. 16, 2010  
David Ward, NPG:
“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”
View the Webcast

Oct. 14, 2010 
Tuliza Fleming, NMAAHC:
“Beyond Black Music: The Apollo Theater and American Cultural History”
Nov. 9, 2010
Rick Potts, NMNH: 
“What Does It Mean To Be Human?'  The Smithsonian's Human Origins Initiative” 

Smithsonian Congress of Scholars Annual Event, 2011
"Smithsonian Consortia: Challenging Smithsonian Research Paradigms"
View Archived Webcast (forthcoming)

Feb. 10, 2011
Debby Warner, NMAH: 
“From Sugar to Splenda”
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March 10, 2011
Mike Power (NZP) and Jay Schulkin (Georgetown Univ.): 
“The Evolution of Obesity”
View the Webcast

April 14, 2011
Debra Diamond, FSGA:
Yoga and Art

Sept. 17th , 2009
J. Patrick Megonigal, SERC
“Dig It!: How an Exhibit Breathes Life into Soils”

Oct. 8th, 2009
Roger D. Launius- NASM
“Robots versus Humans in Spaceflight”

Nov. 12th, 2009
Paul Gardullo- NMAAHC
“Remembering Black Washington – Engaging Public Memory with the Scurlock Exhibition”

Secretary’s Distinguished Research Lecture
Nov. 17, 2009
Dr. Giovanni G. Fazio, SAO
“Viewing the Universe with Infrared Eyes:  The Spitzer Space Telescope”

Smithsonian Congress of Scholars Annual Symposium
January 28, 2010
"Activist Scholars Looking Forward/Looking Back: Bringing Culturally Diverse Scholarship to the Smithsonian" A Program in Recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Ethnic Studies Movement

Feb. 11th, 2010
David Ward and Jonathan Katz- NPG
“Hide/Seek: Discovering Gay and Lesbian Portraiture”

March 11, 2010
Pete Marra- NZP 
“Migratory Connectivity: Science and Technology for the Conservation of Birds”

April 8th, 2010
Peggy Kidwell-NMAH
“Tools of American Mathematics Teaching”

These talks will be presented at 4:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the National Museum of African Art, with a reception to follow. Enter the museum via the African Art pavilion, take the elevator to sub-level 2, walk straight toward the circular railing, and the lecture hall is to your left. No reservations are required. For further information, please contact Wendy Wick Reaves, reavesw@si.edu.

Smithsonian Congress of Scholars - 2008 Annual Event
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
“Sustainability at the Smithsonian: Challenges and Opportunities”

Thursday, September 11, 2008
Michael Neufeld
Chair of the Space History Division, 
National Air and Space Museum
“Wernher von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War”

Thursday October 9
Valerie Fletcher
Senior Curator, Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum
“Line into Space: Modern Sculptors and Their Drawings”

Wednesday, November 12
Matt Tocheri
Human Origins Program, Department of Anthropology, 
National Museum of Natural History
“The Pleistocene Meets Middle Earth: The Significance of the Recently Discovered Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ (Homo floresiensis) for Interpreting Human Evolution”

February 12, 2009
Christine Mullen Kreamer
National Museum of African American Art
“African Art/Cosmic Connections: Exhibiting African Knowledge”

March 12
Harry Rubenstein
Chair and curator of the Division of Politics and Reform, 
National Museum of American History
“What’s the Point of All These Objects? The Abraham Lincoln exhibition at the National Museum of American History”

April 9
Ted Schultz and Sean Brady
National Museum of Natural History Entomology