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April 27, 2006

Spring Events

May - June 2006

Thurs., May 4, 2006
Family Event: Free First Thursday “Spider Myths”
Sessions at 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm

Take a closer look at the Burke Museum's spider collection. Join a Burke Museum educator and spider specimens in the Biodiversity Lab to help prove spider myths true or false and find out why we collect so many spiders!

The Biodiversity Lab is in the Present Times gallery of the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit.

Thurs., May 4, 2006
6:30, Burke Room
Lecture: Irene Bierman, “Seeing the Medieval in the Modern: Cairo The City Victorious”

Over 1,000 years of continuous building, rebuilding, and habitation enables the 21st century viewer to see and imagine major moments in the remarkable history of Cairo, the center of many empires. This talk discusses the past and the present of the city through a close analysis of several key buildings that have been part of its history. Professor Bierman is chair of the Art History Department at UCLA.

This lecture is sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt/Northwest Chapter

Mon., June 5, 2006
7:30pm, Meany Hall
Lecture: Dr. Richard Leakey, “Climate Change and the Future of Life on Earth”

The Burke Museum and Woodland Park Zoo are pleased to co-present a two-hour multimedia presentation with Dr. Richard Leakey, world renowned paleoanthropologist and environmental activist. Author of The Sixth Extinction, Dr. Leakey will talk about man’s impact on the environment and the future of life on Earth. The presentation begins with a visual introduction to Africa by safari leader David Anderson.

Ticket prices: Members $30; Students $20; all others $35. Purchase in advance bycalling 800-927-4647, or purchase at the door one hour before the event. Tickets can also be purchased online by registering at www.focusonplanetearth.org.

Sat., June 24, 2006 10am – 4pm
Opening Day: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

Meet wildlife photographers and wildlife scientists and pick up tips on taking fabulous photographs in this full-day event of displays, discussions, and workshops. Families can also try out science activities and learn about exhibit-related summer camps coming up at the Burke.

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