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Town Hall Seattle and Westside School present
Lucy Cooke
The Truth About Animals
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 6:00PM
Westside School
10404 34th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Doors open at 5:30PM
$5

Whether we’re watching viral videos of baby pandas or looking at pictures of penguins “holding hands,” it’s hard for us not to project our own values–innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work–onto animals. With excerpts from her book The Truth About Animals, filmmaker Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to observe the bizarre behavior of …

Town Hall and Museum of Flight presents
Christian Davenport with Alan Boyle
The Space Barons and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:30PM
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of billionaire entrepreneurs, jocularly referred to as the “Space Barons,” are pouring their fortunes into the resurrection of the American space program. Washington Post staff writer Christian Davenport brings to our stage the remarkable accounts of risk and high adventure by these four …

UW Science Engage, Ada's Technical Books, and Town Hall Seattle present
UW Science Now
Rachel Creighton, Maria Viitaniemi, & Brita Horlings
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30PM
Ada's Technical Books
425 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

UW Science Now is an annual tradition where Town Hall teams with UW Science Engage to bring local graduate students to the stage to present their latest cutting-edge research. This year we’re thrilled to partner with Ada’s Technical Books to feature these illuminating talks in a casual setting where audiences can enjoy a drink and …

Barbara Ehrenreich
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

  How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality is a vitally important philosophical challenge. Author and cellular immunologist Barbara Ehrenreich shares insight from her latest book Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, and tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better …

Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University present
Edward Tenner with Wier Harman
The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30PM
Student Center 160 at Seattle University
701 SU Campus Walk
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

One of the great promises of the Internet and big data revolutions is the idea that we can improve the processes and routines of our work and personal lives to get more done in less time than we ever have before. Technology has enabled a widespread increase of efficiency-enhancing  algorithms, multitasking, a sharing economy, and …

Town Hall Seattle and Maydenbauer Center present
Freeman Dyson with Neal Stephenson and Robbert Dijkgraaf
Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30PM
Meydenbauer Center Theatre
11100 NE 6th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
Doors at 5:30PM
$5.00

While recognizing that quantum mechanics “demands serious attention,” Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished that the theory “does not bring us closer to the secrets of the Old One.” Aware that “there are deep mysteries that Nature intends to keep for herself,” 94-year-old theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson has chronicled the stories of those who were engaged …

UW Science Engage, Ada's Technical Books, and Town Hall Seattle present
UW Science Now
Katie Reichard, Sam Entwistle, & Emilio Vilanova
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:30PM
Ada's Technical Books
425 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

UW Science Now is an annual tradition where Town Hall teams with UW Science Engage to bring local graduate students to the stage to present their latest cutting-edge research. This year we’re thrilled to partner with Ada’s Technical Books to feature these illuminating talks in a casual setting where audiences can enjoy a drink and …

MIT Enterprise Forum, Town Hall Seattle, and Seattle University present
Human-Machine Interfaces & The Future of Interaction
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:30PM
Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
SU Campus Walk (at Marion)
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 5:30PM. Networking from 5:30PM - 6:30PM
$10

As the Spring session of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest comes to a close, Town Hall invites you to join this panel and look forward into the future of human-machine interfaces. Consider the human and societal impacts of new machines and their interactions with humans. As our world becomes increasingly more technologically advanced …

Town Hall Seattle and The Museum of Flight present
Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
Inside The First Mission to Pluto
Neighborhood:Downtown/Around
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:30PM
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Imagine a roughly minivan-sized space probe screaming through space at more than 32,000 miles per hour more than 3 billion miles from Earth, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system. This is the life of the NASA spacecraft New Horizons. To lend us understanding into this once-in-a-generation mission, Town …

Michael Pollan
The Science of Psychedelics
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:30PM
Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Seattle)
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Exclusively on sale to Town Hall members from 4/2 until 4/9. Not a member, join today! LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms) have shown significant promise as tools to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. But, according to bestselling writer Michael Pollan, these remarkable substances are …

Town Hall Seattle and University Prep present
Simon Winchester
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
Buy the Book:The Perfectionists
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:30PM
University Prep
8000 25th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Acclaimed author Simon Winchester joins us to discuss this complex quandary with insight from his newest book The Perfectionists: How …

UW Science Engage, Ada's Technical Books, and Town Hall Seattle present
UW Science Now
Leah Isquith-Dicker, Hally Stone, & Itzue Caviedes Solis
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:30PM
Ada's Technical Books
425 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

UW Science Now is an annual tradition where Town Hall teams with UW Science Engage to bring local graduate students to the stage to present their latest cutting-edge research. This year we’re thrilled to partner with Ada’s Technical Books to feature these illuminating talks in a casual setting where audiences can enjoy a drink and …

Jason Colby
How We Came to Know and Love the Orca—the Ocean's Greatest Predator
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Since the release of the documentary Blackfish in 2013, millions around the world have focused on the plight of the orca, the most profitable and controversial display animal in history. Yet until now, no historical account has explained how we came to care about killer whales in the first place. Drawing on interviews, official records, …

Town Hall Seattle and PATH present
Richard Prum
How Darwin’s Theory of Mate Choice Shaped the Evolution of Beauty
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Monday, June 11, 2018, 7:30PM
PATH Auditorium
2201 Westlake Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In his thirty years of fieldwork, Yale University …

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