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Throughout the year, the Burke plays host to authors, visiting professors, scientists, and other fascinating speakers.

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Climate Change and Nuclear Risks: A Speaker & Film Series

Wed., Oct. 1, 2014 – Wed., Nov. 19, 2014 | 12:30 –  1:30 pm

The vast Pacific Ocean, as anthropologist Epeli Hau’ofa noted, does not create divisions between people and places. Instead, the Pacific Ocean unifies. This speaker series, part of a University of Washington class led by Burke Curator of Asian Pacific Ethnology Holly Barker, will examine how the history of the nuclear era—which left behind vulnerable radioactive test sites and storage areas—intersects with climate change, and what we, as global citizens, can do to address these tremendous risks.

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Buyer Beware: Fakes, Forgeries, Reproductions, and Art for Sale from the Marquesas Islands

Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The topic of fakes, forgeries, and reproductions in the art of the Marquesas Islands is both intriguing, and challenging. Though apparently widespread from as early as the late nineteenth century, very little is written on the subject and hard facts are elusive. Art historian Dr. Carol Ivory will focus her talk on the Marquesas, but also touch on other Polynesian cultures.

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Remembering North America’s Extinct Birds: The Lost Bird Project & Fold the Flock

Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 | 1 pm

Join us for a film screening and discussion with the creators of The Lost Bird Project, a film that honors five extinct North American birds. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain on his journey to install the large bronze memorials he creates in the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild. A discussion with McGrain and Andy Stern, Executive Producer of the film, will follow the screening.

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Bees! Colony Collapse Discussion and Mead Tasting

Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Join SCARABS for a unique look at bees; the gifts they give and the challenges they face. Taste delicious mead brewed by Sky River Brewing and hear the latest on colony collapse—a disorder taking a huge bite out of our nation's commercial bee populations. 

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Fly Tying and Fishing Artifacts from the Burke Collections

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 | 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Join us for a special day devoted to how humans fish!  See displays of fishing hooks, lures, and nets that were used by fishermen on the shores of Puget Sound hundreds of years ago. Try your hand at tying flies with members of the Washington Fly Fishing Club. Then, at 1 p.m., there will be a presentation on Fly Tying with Ryan Smith, biologist, fisherman, and owner of The Avid Angler.