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Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent Visits KU

Thursday, November 06, 2014

LAWRENCE — Emily Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent of the Field Museum in Chicago, will discuss science, curiosity and discovery at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at The Commons at Spooner Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Graslie is celebrated for her popular YouTube show “The Brain Scoop,” which goes behinds the scenes at the Field Museum. From preparing a wolf skin to pinning insects, or delving into why natural history museums have so many dead animals and plants, Graslie has plumbed the depths of the Field Museum to educate and engage.

Graslie, 25, received a BFA in studio art at Montana and is pursuing a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. Among her honors, Chicago Magazine named Graslie its “Best Celebrity Nerd” of 2014, noting her job is to “dissect the venerable [Field Museum], opening up its insides to show how it functions.”

The talk is a part of KU’s Common Book programming, which is focused on “The Center of Everything,” by Laura Moriarty. Graslie’s talk is co-sponsored by the Office of First-Year Experience, the KU Natural History Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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Museum Events

Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 1301 Mississippi St
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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