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Friday, March 9, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Collections Tour
Led by Mary Worrall, Curator of Cultural Heritage
"World War I Era Dress"

Central Services Building
570 West Cedar Road
This behind-the-scenes tour meets at the MSU Museum Cultural Collections Resource and Education Center and is limited to 15 participants. Participants will need to climb a short flight of stairs to enter the building. Pre-registration is required.
To Register, call 517-355-2373 or e-mail jilda@msu.edu 

Wednesday, March 14, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
MSU Museum | Main Gallery
A performance of Edith Wharton by Karen Vuranch in our Main Gallery exhibit, “War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War.”

Thursday, March 15, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
MSU Museum Auditorium
Brown Bag Presentation

Literature of WWI Interactive Workshop led by Karen Vuranch

Saturday, March 17, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Curator-Led Exhibit Tour, War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism and Dissent in the Great War

Main Gallery

Monday, March 19, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Annual Members' Dinner

A celebration of the Museum's 160th anniversary!
We'll party like it's 1857 at the MSU Museum with music, dance, and artifacts from the mid-nineteenth century, while we look forward to the Museum's next 160 years.
Tickets are $45 per person, and may only be purchased by Museum members.
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Monday, March 19, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
“Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives” - Brown Bag Talk

“The UFW Grape Boycott in Urban America, 1965 to 1970" presented by Jose Moreno, Northern Arizona University and Dionicio Valdes, Departments of History. Read More

Monday, March 26, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
"Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives" - Brown Bag Talk

“Last Shift at Janesville: When Good Jobs Go Away” presented by Amy Goldstein, Washington Post,  Author of Janesville: An American Story  (co-sponsored by the Lansing Stewardship Community/Motorcities - The Automobile National Heritage Area and the MSU School of Journalism) Read More

Saturday, March 31 - Sunday, April 1, MSU Museum Closed
The MSU Museum will be closed Easter Weekend, Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1. Regular hours resume on
Monday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m.


Monday, April 2, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
"Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives" - Brown Bag 
MSU Museum Auditorium
“Staging the Drama of Deindustrialization: Lynn Nottage's ‘Sweat’” presented by Fran Shor, Department of History, Wayne State University. Read More 

Friday, April 6, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Talk

MSU Museum Auditorium
"Science Communication as Experience: A New Approach to Theory, Practice, and Evaluation in Science Communication"

Megan K. Halpern will discuss her current book project: Science Communication as Experience. Using John Dewey’s theories of experience in art, education, and nature, Megan builds a new model for the research and practice of science communication and informal science learning. This interdisciplinary work uses Dewey’s experience as a foundation, and incorporates insights from communication, cultural studies, media studies, interaction design, and the arts to question foundational assumptions about the nature of the relationship between the sciences, arts and humanities, and publics. In this talk, Megan will explore her new model, provide examples of how an experience model can help researchers understand current tensions in science communication, and discuss some of the ways scientists and practitioners can use experience as a principle for designing and evaluating science communication and informal learning programming.

Friday, April 13, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
"Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives" - Brown Bag Talk

“Hibakusha in Cold War America: The Working Lives of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Survivors” - Naoko Wake, MSU Department of History (co-sponsored by the MSU Asian Studies Center). Read More

Saturday, April 14, noon - 3:00 p.m.
What Might It Be Like to Live on Mars? "Tour" a Martian City!
MSU Museum | Art-Science-Creativity Gallery
Hear from local 4th- 8th grade students how they envisioned, designed, and built a "Martian city" on display in the MSU Museum's Art-Science-Creativity Gallery. How did these young architects solve problems related to extreme temperature, confined living space, biodiversity, etc.? The students themselves will take visitors on a "tour" of the city and answer questions about the project. This event is part of the MSU Science Festival

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Curator-Led Exhibit Tour, War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism and Dissent in the Great War
Main Gallery

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Future Design Studio

MSU Museum | Auditorium
Future Design Studio  includes (1 PM - 3 PM) an orientation on design thinking, and discussions about the radical changes in science, technology, and society that have occurred over the last 100 years. Participants are given prompts based on the MSU Museum’s collections and exhibitions, which they then use to prototype imagined artifacts and user manuals from 100 years in the future. Actors then (3 pm - 4pm) put on a performance using artifacts created by the participants. The session concludes with improvisational training with professional actors, and a discussion where all participants explore the social, ethical, and technical facets of the imagined worlds. This event is part of the MSU Science Festival.

Saturday, April 21, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Night at the Museums
MSU Museum & Eliand Edythe Broad Art Museum
See how our past informs our future through a variety of family activities at the MSU Museum, including: work with MSU anthropology students to compare casts of human ancestors; explore modern technologies and games that originated in World War I; meet our ornithologist and learn about Michigan bird conservation efforts past, present and future; behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum’s vertebrate collections; and much more! Then head over to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and see art and science collide in creative ways! This event is part of the MSU Science Festival.