Most of us have been to natural history museums, toured the exhibits, pored over collections of bugs and bones, but who decides what goes on display? How did it all end up there? And what exactly does a curator do?
Lance Grande, a curator for more than three decades at Chicago's Field Museum, takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at museums and what exactly the job of a curator entails. Dr. Grande is a research associate of the American Museum of Natural History, a lecturer at the University of Chicago, and one of the founding board members of The Chicago Council of Science and Technology. His research focuses on evolutionary biology, ancient ecosystems, paleontology, and comparative morphology. He is an award-winning author of more than one hundred and thirty scientific articles and books, ranging from highly technical works to his recent trade books promoting the importance of basic research.
In conjunction with Chicago Council on Science and Technology, join us at CMM for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres at 6 PM, followed by lecture at 7 PM. Copies of Grande's book Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums, will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of the Seminary Co-op. Book signing will take place after the lecture. Event concludes at 8:30 PM. There is no charge for CMM members but a donation to the museum is encouraged. You can now make a donation online at: