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.

upcoming Speaker Series Programs

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.

what do sports teach our kids?

With Eric Davis
Date: April 19, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam
Sponsor: Humanities Washington

Sports are more than a game—they can provide role models, instill values, and provide wonder and inspiration. And kids are the prime participants, with a whopping 45 million American children playing in organized sports each year.

But is there a cost to a child watching or playing sports? The NFL concussion scandal, athlete drug abuse, controversies over protesting the national anthem, lack of pay for college athletes, domestic violence, and other issues are forcing adults to navigate some tough conversations with their children.

Drawing from sociology, philosophy, and years of studying, coaching, and playing sports, professor Eric Davis explores their deeper themes. Davis dives into recent sports scandals to understand our relationship to the games we love, and examines the impact, both positive and negative, sports might have on the next generation.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams” touring nine Washington State museums from 2019-2020.

“Professor E” Eric Davis is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Program Chair for the Cultural & Ethnic Studies (CES) Department at Bellevue College. Davis served as an academic adviser in the UW Athletic Department from 2004-2009. A former college student-athlete himself, Eric earned a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master’s degree from Seattle University.

Davis lives in Auburn.

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.