Virtual Lecture Series Continues: Lunchtime Learning

Virtual Lecture Series Continues: Lunchtime Learning

This fall the Springfield Museums present their popular lunchtime lecture series virtually!

“We know not everyone is ready or able to return to the Museums yet,” said Larissa Murray, Director of Education at the Springfield Museums. “We have such a loyal audience for these lectures and we think even more people have the potential for joining us if we go virtual.”

The popular lecture series explores art, history, and science. Sometimes it features a dramatic production or a musical presentation. All lectures will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. The Museums ask all to register in advance at The cost is $2 Members, $4 nonmembers.

September 2020

September 24: An Introduction to the Science Museum’s Space Suit, presented by Joel Cummings, Docent, Springfield Science Museum and Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Learn the history of space suite development, Russian and American milestones, and how a space suit works. See the museum-quality, educational replica of a NASA spacesuit that will be part of the International Space Station exhibit opening soon in the Science Museum.

October 2020

October 1: Subordination or Egalitarianism? Changing Roles of Women in Hellenistic Antiquity, presented by Joseph A.P. Wilson, Ph.D. Lecturer, Fairfield University. This presentation will examine dueling social trends in Late Antiquity, and connect threads to modern gender-egalitarian social movements.

October 8: Tyrus (documentary film): His art inspired Bambi. His art will inspire you. Tyrus is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about 105-year old Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist, Tyrus The film makes a critical contribution to the documentary tradition and to American society in correcting a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited figure.

October 15: CHALLENGER: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe™, presented by Judith Kalaora, artistic director, History At Play™, a pre-recoreded dramatic production that celebrates Framingham, MA’s Christa McAuliffe, America’s Teacher in Space. This multi-media performance experience debuted in 2016 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Challenger launch. Running time: Approx. 75 minutes

October 22: If/Then: Women in STEM, presented by Springfield Museums Science Educator Anne Thalheimer.  Thalheimer connects Museums collections and history to present day highlights from the Association of Science and Technology Center’s program If/Then.

October 29: Lebanon: Restive Past/ Uncertain Future, presented by Amy Dane, adventurer. Dane takes viewers on a virtual tour of Lebanon, sharing some of Lebanon’s cultural treasures and life on the streets from a recent visit to Lebanon that turned out to be a most unexpected experience.

November 2020

November5: The Corporal from Corsica: Creating Napoleon, presented by Simon Sibelman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of French & Holocaust Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, former director, Virginia Holocaust Museum.  This talk explores the evolution of the Napoleonic style through painting, sculpture, furniture, architecture, and the state symbols of power, including the military.

November 12: An Afternoon of Frost, presented by Stephen Collins, actor, teacher, lecturer. This performance introduces the audience to the poet Robert Frost, a person far more complicated than the surface indicates.

November 19: Sense of Self: Self-Portraits from the Collection, presented by Maggie North, Curator of Art, Springfield Museums. An exploration of a range of self-portraits from the Springfield Museums’ permanent collection, made by artists from Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) to Arnaldo Roche-Rabell (1955-2018). In addition to discussing interpretative questions associated with self-portraiture in general, this lecture will address how specific artists constructed their identities and images.

December 2020

December 3: TBD

December 10: Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move, presented by Professor Janine Fondon, Chair Undergraduate Communication at Bay Path University and President/CEO of Fondon will consider the Voices of Resilience exhibit currently on display at the D’Amour Museum of Fines Arts.  This exhibition explores the collaborative and interconnected stories of social, educational, and cultural change as defined by women, women of color and others on the move to a more inclusive and just world.

December 17: TBD

Lectures Resume January 7, 2021