A new season of Brainfood for the Curious is starting up at the State Museum

NYS Museum mastodons State Education Building

One of the talks is about the history of the museum, which was once in the State Education Building. / photo: New York State Museum

The State Museum's Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks returns for a new season next week.

The 20-minute talks feature a scientist, curator, or historian in the museum's Huxley Theater starting at 12:10 pm. Afterward the speaker sticks around for a short a Q&A period. You're welcome to bring your lunch.

Talk topics this time around range from auto racing to the Erie Canal to art to ethnography to history to ice age animals to snails.

Here's the quick-scan lineup for the new season...

See that link at the start for descriptions.

October9: 70 Years of Racing History at Watkins Glen

October 16: Wonders of the State Museum

October 23: Take a Tour of the Grand Erie Canal in the 1820s

October 30: A Sneak Peek of the Historic Woodstock Art Colony/Arthur A. Anderson Collection and Exhibition

November 6: Tourmaline Beautiful and Versatile

November 20: Early Watercraft in the Northeast

December 11: Meltwater Mayhem and the Last Ice Age

December 18: What is Ethnography, and Why is it Important to the NYSM Contemporary Native Art Collection?

January 8: The Snails Have Landed! Meet New York's Terrestrial Snails

January 22: Objects of Slavery and Freedom in the New York State Museum's Historical Archaeology Collection

February 5: Mystery of the Missing Ice Age Predators of New York

February 19: Late Pleistocene Peoples in Western New York

March 5: Time-Traveling to the Catskills - 380 Million Years Ago

March 19: Natural History Collections, Next-generation DNA Sequencing, and the Evolution of Birds

March 26: Earth's Earliest Life

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