Speakers Series

floodlecture.JPGThe Moses Lake Museum & Art Center's Speakers Series brings you the best in historic and special interest presentations from speakers across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Watch for book signings and special discounts on all books in the Museum Store during select programs.

All programs are FREE admission. 

The Speakers Series is made possible through the generosity of our members, donations and the support of local program partners and the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Know of an excellent speaker? Would your organization like to share quality cultural programming with our community?

Contact us at museum@cityofml.com and share your ideas, we'd love to hear from you.

Speaker Series Programs

THE GOOD GAME: ON THE MORAL VALUE OF SPORTS 

with Mike VanQuickenborne
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam
Sponsor: Humanities Washington

Go deeper than the latest stats. Explore the philosophical implications of sports, what they say about our culture, and the ways in which they can reveal our full humanity. Come early to enjoy the opening reception activities for the museum's new exhibition, Hometown Teams.

The Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Satterberg Foundation, the Women's History Consortium, The Boeing Company, the Norcliffe Foundation, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.

sticky subject: the history and culture of sugar

With Julia Harrison
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam
Partner: Moses Lake Public Library
Sponsor: Humanities Washington

When King Henry VIII wanted three pounds of sugar for his guests at an important banquet, he had a tough time getting it. Now the average American eats that much sugar in a single week. 

Once a rare, exotic ingredient, sugar has become a dietary staple, leaving its sticky fingerprints all over the globe. Anthropologist and sweets expert Julia Harrison takes participants on a journey from ancient sugar cane plantations to modern candy factories, uncovering sugar's economic and social significance. From slavery and mass migration to environmental changes and nutrition, the consequences of sugar's rise are global - and not always sweet. 

The Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Satterberg Foundation, the Women's History Consortium, The Boeing Company, the Norcliffe Foundation, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.

Operation Bingo! And the Real Story Behind the men of catch-22
With Stephanie Lile
Date: Friday, June 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam

Join Bomber Boys curator Stephanie Lile (Executive Director of the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor), as she leads us through the extraordinary true story of the bomber boys tasked with preventing the transmission of power to the railway system over the Brenner Pass between Italy and Austria in 1944. 

Lile is the curator of Bomber Boys and author of The Tail Gunner, a piece of contemporary young adult fiction about a teenage girl who finds a secret stash of World War II images from which the ghost of a World War II bomber boy emerges. Based in the remarkable true story of tail gunner Keith B. Lile and the 445th bomb squadron of the 12th Army Air Corps.

A book signing will be held before and after the program.