Lance Grande: Curators

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Thursday August 3

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6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums

After three decades as a natural history curator, author Lance Grande found that he still had to explain to people what he does. This book is the answer—and, oh, what an answer it is: lively, exciting, up-to-date, it offers a portrait of curators and their research  like none we’ve seen, one that conveys the intellectual excitement and the educational and social value of curation. Grande uses the personal story of his own career—most of it spent at Chicago’s storied Field Museum—to structure his account as he explores the value of research and collections, the importance of public engagement, changing ecological and ethical considerations, and the impact of rapidly improving technology.


Thursday, August 3, Readers Hall, 6 p.m. General public. $5 suggested donation or free with museum admission.