Calendar of Events

Peabody Museum Lectures, Events, & Exhibits

HMSC spring 2015 program guideAll events are free and open to the public, except where noted below. All lectures are at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, except where noted below.

DOWNLOAD the current Harvard Museums of Science and Culture Programs guide. As one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC), Peabody Museum programs are included, as well as programs for the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

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Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
Fridays, 12:30 pm
Saturdays, 1:00 and 2:00 pm
Sundays, 1:00 and 2:00 pm


Monday, March 9, 4:30 pm
Special Event and Reception

Crossing Indigenous Boundaries
Bain Attwood, Professor, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University
Nicholas Bradley, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Victoria
Philip Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan


Thursday, March 12, 6:00 pm
2015 Hallam L. Movius, Jr. Public Lecture and Reception

Volcanic Winter, Population Bottlenecks, and Human Evolution
Stanley H. Ambrose, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Thursday, March 26, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture

The Allure of Collecting Arms and Armor 
Donald J. LaRocca, Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture

Life at Colonial Harvard: The Archaeological Evidence
Diana Loren, Director of Academic Partnerships and Museum Curator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Patricia Capone, Museum Curator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology


Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture and Book Signing

Ethnobotany in the 21st Century
Michael J. Balick, Vice President for Botanical Science, The New York Botanical Garden


Thursday, April 16, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture

Understanding Warfare: An Evolutionary Approach 
Michael L. Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota


Saturday, April 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
Family Program

Warrior Moves


Friday, May 1, 3:00-4:00 pm
Special Event

Musical Hues
Dudley World Music Ensemble


Tuesday, May 5, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture

Teeth and Human Evolution
Tanya M. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University