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A Night of Lightning Talks and Birthday Cocktails

Dive into the world of Alfred Russel Wallace at this science-packed birthday party on Saturday, April 22. In celebration of the bicentenary of Wallace’s birth, Harvard scholars and guest speakers will introduce his key contributions to the understanding of evolution, biodiversity and biogeography. While unjustly relegated to a footnote in the Charles Darwin story, Wallace was, in fact, a pioneering biologist in his own right. Lacking Darwin’s privilege and wealth, he refused to let these obstacles prevent him from pursuing his scientific dreams. The program will also celebrate Wallace’s personal connection to Harvard Museum of Natural History: he visited in 1886 and wrote excitedly about how its displays provided the best possible introduction to evolution.

This event is $20 for nonmembers and $15 for members and Harvard ID holders. A ticket includes full access to museum galleries and a special Wallace-themed mocktail or cocktail. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. Guests must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages and a valid government ID is required. Advance registration is required by April 21. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. This celebration is presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

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26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Harvard Square

Date & Time

  • Sat Apr 22, 2023

    • 9:30pm - 11:30pm


  • Museums / Attractions
  • Historical