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The following events are considered by the Burke Museum to be of potential interest to our members.

Jan.
29
Burke Room

Ethics and Human Remains – A Discussion

Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Human remains are inadvertently discovered in Washington State more than 50 times a year. These remains are then the subject of a complicated and evolving set of state and federal laws. In light of the upcoming presentation of "Fortune’s Bones" - a performance based on the story of Fortune, an enslaved African whose remains were used for research and display - the Burke has assembled a panel of experts who confront these issues every day: Kathy Taylor, King County Forensic Anthropologist; Robert Kopperl, Principal Investigator, SWCA Environmental Consultants, and Guy Tasa, Physical Anthropologist for Washington State. Each will talk briefly about noteworthy cases, followed by a question and answer discussion led by Burke Curator of Archaeology Peter Lape. Join us and find out what would happen if Fortune’s Bones were found today.

Jan.
30
Burke Museum

Super Bowl Rally at the Burke Museum

Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Seattle Seahawks are undefeated since the mask that inspired the logo was unveiled for display at the Burke Museum. Let's send that good luck to Arizona!

Wear your Seahawks gear and get ready to GET LOUD—we will have souvenir noisemakers for the first 500 people who attend! Featuring a special performance by "One Crazy Raven" storyteller Gene Tagaban and "GET LOUD" help from the UW Cheer Squad.

Jan.
31
Burke Museum

Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge Day

Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Registration for this event is full. Boy Scouts are invited to earn their Archaeology awards at the Burke with hands-on archaeology experiences. Work with professional archaeologists and real artifacts to see inside the life of an archaeologist. Practice flint knapping, visit the University of Washington’s archaeology dating lab, and find out what to do if you come across an artifact in the field.

Feb.
5
Burke Museum

Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015 – Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015

On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. We hope you can visit us!

Feb.
5
College Inn Pub

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015 – Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015 | 8 –  10 pm

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.

Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.

Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.

Feb.
14
Burke Museum

Girl Scouts: Natural Scientists

Sat., Feb. 14, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to a day of Natural Science exploration at the Burke Museum. Come and meet scientists from the University of Washington to explore different careers in science.

Feb.
21
Burke Museum

Field Sketching: Arctic Animals

Sat., Feb. 21, 2015 | 10 am – 3 pm

Explore the Arctic through ink and watercolor with expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin. This hands-on workshop will cover the fundamental tools for field sketching and painting using bones and specimens of arctic terns, walrus, polar bear, narwhal, and musk ox from the Burke Museum's collection.

Mar.
6
Kane Hall, Room 130

How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs?

Fri., Mar. 6, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Have you ever wondered if a Tyrannosaurus could really outrun a jeep, or if a Velociraptor could turn a doorknob? Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s discoveries about dinosaur tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur.

Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how paleontologists answer questions about dinosaurs like: were they warm- or cold-blooded, what did they eat, how fast did they grow, and did they take care of their babies? Join us and find out how we can know so much about animals no human has ever seen.

Apr.
7
Burke Room

Geology of our National Parks with Dr. Stan Chernicoff

Tues., Apr. 7, 2015 – Tues., Apr. 28, 2015 | 7 –  8 pm

North America's National Parks are some of the world's most scenically spectacular places. They are also extraordinary laboratories in which to explore and discover virtually all things geological. This 4-week lecture series, which will highlight some of the very best geological stories within America's parks, focuses on the American West -- from Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Tetons in the Rockies to the wonders of the Colorado Plateau in Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon.

Apr.
11
Burke Museum

7th Annual Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit

Sat., Apr. 11, 2015 | 9 am – 5 pm

Join award-winning authors Priscilla Long, Sierra Nelson, and Craig Romano as they lead classroom and field-based sessions on environmental writing. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.

Apr.
25
Burke Museum

Cub Scout Geology Day

Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Geologists will be on hand to answer questions and direct activities as Cub Scouts learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!