BOSTON, MA – This January, the Museum of Science, Boston starts off 2021 with its exhilarating and thought-provoking after-hours programming for adults. The Museum will virtually host a wide range of events featuring compelling speakers, including headliner Isabel Wilkerson, groundbreaking premiere performances, an evening of mindfulness meditation, and more. Tickets are available for this Winter/Spring’s lineup now at mos.org/adults.
“This season, we are delighted to offer top-of-the-line experiences, conversations, productions for any and every adult,” said James Wetzel Monroe, producer, adult programs at the Museum of Science, Boston. “We want to kick off the New Year by giving our audiences an undoubtedly captivating lineup of events curated to spark the mind. We are incredibly humbled to have the chance to create with these unparalleled artists and to amplify the work of some of the world’s leading minds and voices, including Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Caste, Isabel Wilkerson. Through this dynamic, diverse, and incredible lineup, we hope to continue to highlight the importance of making STEM and the Museum of Science, Boston accessible for all.”
SubSpace is the Museum’s experiential playground for developing fresh, original, social experiences for adults. To ensure the safety and of the speakers, performers, audience members, and the community, the entire Winter/Spring 2021 season will be held virtually. All events this season will be free to promote equal access to all who would like to attend is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.
Programming for the 2021 Winter/Spring season includes:
- The 3 C’s: Connection. Communication. COVID-19., January 27, 7:30 p.m.: During this event, storytellers, musicians, artists, makers, activists and other diverse voices of the local and greater communities will come together for the exploration of these themes.
- MarsBand: The Ultimate AudioVisual Tour of the Universe, February 3, 7:30 p.m.: MarsBand mixes stunning virtual astronomical panoramas, the expert guidance of astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter, and a live music performance by award-winning composer Keith Patchel.
- Mother-Daughter Match: Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and Dr. Jasmine Kudji, February 10, 7:00 p.m.: Join us for an intimate conversation between mother-daughter duo, Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and Dr. Jasmine Kudji, to hear firsthand about their experiences on the front lines of the battle against the virus in their community, their journey navigating the medical field and system as women of color, and the power and importance of the bond between mother and daughter.
- Coleslaw’s Corner: Science in Drag, February 11, 7:30 p.m.: Drag queen Coleslaw comes to you with a deep dive into chemistry. Learn about the science of attraction, the myth behind aphrodisiacs, the power of pheromones, and more.
- Superior: The Return of Race Science, February 18, 7:00 p.m.: Join us for an incredibly vital and timely evening with Angela Saini, award-winning science journalist, broadcaster, and author of Superior: The Return of Race Science. Angela will share about the murky history of race science and the ways in which it’s being resurrected in the 21st century, how the far-right are attempting to repackage racism, the history of systematic racism engrained in STEM, and how the current COVID-19 pandemic is bringing the concept of racial hierarchy to the forefront of our society once again.
- A Reno Family Foundation Symposium - Caste: An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson, February 24, 7:00 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson joins the Museum for a conversation about her #1 New York Times bestseller: Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, and the hierarchy of human divisions that define our lives today.
- Not Necessarily Rocket Science, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Kellie Gerardi’s non-traditional path in the space industry shows us that humanity’s next giant leap will require contributions of artists, engineers, and everyone in between. Gerardi takes us on a tour of this unique window in history and offers an inside look into the commercial spaceflight industry and all those working to democratize access to space and tee up a golden age of spaceflight for scientists, students, and tourists alike!
- The Millennials Are(n’t) Alright: Gen Y and the Effects of COVID-19, March 10, 7:00 p.m.: The challenges Gen Y has had to face have only worsened in 2020 with the destructive force of COVID-19. For many millennials this universal pause occurred at a pivotal point in their lives with many finally achieving career success, financial stability, and looking toward marriage, children, homeownership, and more. With the world scrambling to survive the unimaginable, how are millennials navigating through this period of isolation and what are their thoughts on what the new landscape for Generation Y will look like post-COVID?
- A Night of Mindfulness Meditation, March 18, 7:00 p.m.: Join us for a special interactive evening with Maité, founder of The Institute for Integrative Mindfulness and Movement, for an introduction into mindfulness, the science behind its positive affect on our brains, and a guided meditation practice inspired by water.
- kiss, kiss, BANG BANG: The Dutch Rebelle Experience, March 25, 7:30 p.m.: The “Queen of the Bean” Dutch ReBelle teams up with the Museum once again for a brand-new virtual show of live performance entirely curated by the groundbreaking, award-winning artist herself.
- Rescuing Human Civilization: What Will It Take, March 31, 7:00 p.m.: The annual collaboration between the Museum of Science and the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College features a distinguished panel led by Marcelo Gleiser, director of the Institute. Join us as we explore the intersection between issues of climate and social reform, and what it will take to rescue not only the world we inhabit but our civilization as a whole.
- Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity, April 7, 7:00 p.m.: In this cross-country travelogue, author Paola Ramos journeys to find the communities of people defining the controversial term, “Latinx.”
- SubSpace Sessions: Genie Santiago, April 8, 7:30 p.m.: Described as spiritual and sensual, Genie Santiago is a musician, poet, visual artist, community collaborator, and healer based out of Boston.
- Wilderland Film Festival, April 21, 7:00 p.m.: Wilderland has recruited some of the world’s most acclaimed wildlife filmmakers to select a showcase of the very best independent films to take on tour, and now the hit UK festival is available for American audiences to experience for one night only in this special virtual screening!
- Dope Labs Unplugged, April 22, 7:30 p.m.: Join Titi and Zakiya, hosts of Dope Labs Podcast, as they break down the science of everything. These scientists put your favorite trending topics under the microscope, showing you that science is indeed everywhere! Whether you are a self-proclaimed science nerd or just a casual observer, Dope Labs will convince you that science is for everybody.
- ReRooted: Presented by the HairStory Project, April 29, 7:30 p.m.: ReRooted is a multimodal virtual production providing context for the ongoing debate of natural hair and celebrating the roots of their African heritage. Take a journey with us through current beauty standards as we rethink the importance of hair as more than just a style for the Black and Latinx communities. This project is curated by artists Yvette Modestin and Ana Masacote and made possible (in part) by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.
- “Thina”: A New Piece from SYREN Modern Dance, May 6, 7:00 p.m.: SYREN Modern Dance joins the Museum for a special virtual event this spring! After premiering their piece “Thina” this fall, SYREN Modern Dance teams up with us once again, after continuing to develop the piece throughout the winter of 2021, for a special evening of artistic conversation, and an encore performance created entirely in tandem with approved national restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Event Horizon Telescope: Exploring the Cosmic Unknown Through Global Collaboration, May 12, 7:00 p.m.: The international team from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is back to share new insights into their groundbreaking work and highlight the power and importance of scientific collaboration on a global scale.
- The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness, May 19, 7:00 p.m.: In her harrowing, darkly funny, and unforgettable memoir, Sarah Ramey recounts the decade-long saga of how a seemingly minor illness in her senior year of college turned into a prolonged and elusive condition that destroyed her health but that doctors couldn’t diagnose or treat. Worse, they hinted that her devastating symptoms were psychological. In conversation with Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and features writer for The Boston Globe.
- From the Mic to the Glass: A Sensory Experience of Music, Wine, and Mindfulness, May 20, 7:00 p.m.: Join sommelier Manuel Gonzales of Horizon Beverage and musician Ruby Rose Fox as they tap into the practice of mindfulness to highlight the science behind taste and sound through specially designed wine and tea tastings paired with live performances from artists across the nation. This event is intended for audiences age 21+.
Recurring throughout the season:
- Science Book Club for the Curious: Feeling inquisitive? Looking for a good conversation? Love science and books? Free and open to the public, these monthly discussions focus on science, technology, and their impact on society. Second Thursday of each month.
- Science Fiction Book Club for the Curious: Join the Museum of Science for a science-fiction book club! Each month, we’ll select a classic or contemporary sci-fi title to read and discuss virtually. Third Tuesday of each month.
Visit https://www.mos.org/adults to register in advance for these virtual offerings and learn about new events coming soon.