AMNH Announces December-January Public Programs

AMNH Announces December-January Public Programs

SciCafe: Mapping the Evolution and Spread of Languages
Wednesday, December 5, at 7pm
21+ with ID
Free with cash bar
Human languages first appeared between 30,000 and 100,000 years ago but the question of how languages spread and evolve is still under investigation. Join Museum Curators Peter Whiteley and Ward Wheeler to learn how advanced computational techniques, typically used in genetic analyses, are also being used to help understand anthropology, language shifts, and key patterns in human social evolution.

Enjoy cocktails, cutting-edge science, and conversation at this popular after-hours series, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. For more details, visit

SciCafe is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

Nature and Poetry: A Conversation with E. O. Wilson and Robert Hass
Thursday, December 6, at 7:30pm
$15; $13.50 for Members, students, and seniors
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, author of What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, engages in conversation with internationally acclaimed entomologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth. Sharing the stage for the third time in the course of their careers, these two extraordinary thinkers and writers discuss how art and science mix in their respective fields to raise awareness of the world around us. Hass and Wilson examine how the close observation of nature, which is central to both poetry and science, can inspire the conservationist in all of us.

Presented in collaboration with Poets House.

This program is part of the celebration of the reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History.

Family Monthly Series: Observe and Collect: Sketching Safari
Saturday, December 8, at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm
Join artist Patricia Wynne to learn the skills of observation and animal drawing in this child- friendly workshop that brings Museum collections to life. Kids will take home a journal of their work. (Materials are included).

Adventures in the Global Kitchen: Root Vegetables with Alex Guarnashelli
Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 pm
Join Alex Guarnaschelli, executive chef at Butter restaurant and The Darby, as she discusses the importance of sustainable agriculture. By creating savory vegetable samplings, Guarnaschelli will inspire you to make smart buying choices and raise awareness of how necessary root vegetables such as celery and rutabaga are to Earth’s ecosystem and biodiversity. Chef Guarnaschelli will be joined by Eleanor Sterling, director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and co-curator of the new exhibition Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture. Ticketholders to this program will receive complimentary after-hours admission to Our Global Kitchen from 5:45 to 6:15 on the night of the event.

Exclusive corporate sponsor for Our Global Kitchen is J. P. Morgan.

The Kitchen Experience is presented by Whole Foods.

Additional support for the Our Global Kitchen exhibition, as well as the Educator’s Guide and exhibition website, was provided by The GRACE Communications Foundation, in furtherance of its mission to promote public awareness of the problems associated with our food systems and provide information, resources, and tools for consumers to make change.

Black Hole and the Fate of the Universe with Gunther Hasigner
Monday, December 17, at 7:30 pm
$15 Adults; $13.50 Members, students, and seniors
Stellar remnants of the first generation of stars have been the seeds of supermassive black holes, which are found at the centers of galaxies including the Milky Way. As the universe continues to expand, the largest black holes continue to grow and will survive much longer than other forms of matter. Join Gunther Hasinger as he discusses black holes and the role they play in the universe.

Earth, Migrations, and The Human Effect
Tuesday, December 18, at 7 pm
Life on Earth’s surface depends on the energy of the Sun and the cycles of seasons and climate. Join the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a presentation in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater that draws on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to see what causes these cycles, how life on Earth responds in grand migrations, and the effects of human habitat change.

Winter Solstice and Telescope Party
Thursday, December 20, at 6:30 pm
$15; $13.50 Members, students, and seniors
Join Museum astronomers and members of the Amateur Astronomers Association for the final night of the autumn season. First, see a “sneak preview” of the night sky in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Weather permitting, head out to the Arthur Ross Terrace for observations of celestial objects such as Jupiter and the full Moon. Participants are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes.

Kwanzaa 2012! First Fruits of the Harvest
Monday, December 17, from noon to 5 pm
Free for Members or with Museum admission
Join the Museum’s 34th annual Kwanzaa celebration to experience the rich traditions of Kwanzaa and honor the holiday’s seven guiding principles. The festival, hosted by storyteller Linda Humes, will include a special interview about Karamu (African Feast) with pioneering restaurateur B. Smith, family-friendly hands-on activities, and an international marketplace. Restoration Dance Theatre Company and Balance Dance Theatre, led by acclaimed choreographer Obediah Wright, will perform in an exciting program that also includes newcomers Soul Steps and Underground System Afrobeat.

The Presenting Sponsor of the Museum’s cultural programming is MetLife Foundation.

Support for Kwanzaa 2012! is made possible, in part, by the
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.

Kwanzaa 2012! is co-presented with Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Works.

The Kwanzaa Marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.

SciCafe: Art/Sci Collision: Raising Ocean Conservation Awareness
Wednesday, January 2, at 7 pm
21+ with ID
Free with cash bar
National Geographic explorer Tierney Thys discusses the crucial partnership of science with art—from film to dance—to raise awareness and action on vital ocean conservation issues. Drawing from her research about the giant ocean sunfish and more, Thys discusses myriad ways to help restore the ocean world.

Enjoy cocktails, cutting-edge science, and conversation at this popular after-hours series, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. For more details, visit