Science on the Edge Lectures

Science on the Edge Lectures

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Enjoy a lecture, Museum exploration, and meeting with the speakers in a unique after-hours experience. Seating is limited, pre-registration is highly encouraged. Call 585.697.1942 to register.

Museum opens at 5:30pm before the start of each lecture.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund and by the generosity of Daryl Dear Cubitt and Colin Cubitt.

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $8-$10

Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $5-$6

RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $2

Upcoming Lectures:

Son House 2Son House Blues Night: A talk with the Geva Artistic Team

Wednesday, April 24 | 7:30pm | Program support thanks to Geva Theater Center

  • Geva Theatre Center's upcoming production Revival: The Resurrection of Son House tells the story of Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. -- from his beginnings in rural Mississippi, through personal crises and his relatively obscure life in Rochester, to the stunning rebirth of his career in 1964. In this discussion, moderated by Geva's Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg Jenni Werner, Playwright/Director Keith Glover and Music Director Billy Thompson will talk about their experiences producing this celebration of the musical legacy of a man who inspired generations of blues artists, from B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt, to Susan Tedeschi, Joe Bonamassa, and Jack White. Program support thanks to Geva Theatre Center.




HamiltonHamilton: How the musical remixes American history

Thursday, May 2 | 7:30pm

Rochester has Hamilton-mania! Everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, and many have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage.

In this talk—aimed at people who know the soundtrack or who’ve seen the show—historian Dr. Richard Bell explores the musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. We’ll learn what the musical gets right and wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United States, and why it all matters. Dr. Bell will examine some of the choices the musical’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based, and will also talk about the show’s cultural impact: What does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell about who we are and the nation we made?

Dr. Bell is associate professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a B.A. from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has won more than a dozen teaching awards. He is the author of two books, one about the history of suicide in America. The other,  Stolen: The Astonishing Odyssey of Five Boys along the Reverse Underground Railroad, will be published this October.


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