All speaker series are hosted at Cranbrook Institute of Science.


Dr. Jawad Sheqwara: Resetting the Battle

FREE | Harnessing Immune Strategies Against Cancer with Lymphoma as a Case Study | March 7, 2024 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Jawad Sheqwara
The landscape of cancer treatment has changed dramatically over the last decade as therapies which harness the strength of our own immune systems have begun to emerge. Join Dr. Jawad Sheqwara, a hematologist and the Lead Physician for the Henry Ford Health System’s Lymphoma Program, as he discusses in layman’s terms what the future of cancer treatment may look like using the treatment of lymphoma as an example.

This lecture is being hosted in partnership with the Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan.

Program Schedule:
6:00pm: Doors open. Guests can enjoy museum experiences, including our traveling exhibit, Galileo, along with light refreshments in lower lobby.
7:00 - 8:00pm: Lecture and Q&A
8:00 - 9:00pm: Galleries open

Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ.: A Vatican Astronomer’s View of Galileo

Brother Guy Consolmagno
Two Lectures in One Day!

The Institute is thrilled to welcome Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Detroit native and Chief Astronomer and Director at the Vatican’s Observatory! Br. Guy will be here for two dynamic lectures - with one including a members-exclusive meet-and-greet brunch.

Both lectures will explore, “A Vatican Astronomer’s View of Galileo," and Br. Guy’s background as a Jesuit scientist.

Science is always shaped by what is happening in the broader society that supports it, and the science of the 17th century was no different. Speaking as a Jesuit scientist, not a professional historian, Dr. Consolmagno examines how Galileo's work challenged, and was challenged by, the science of the day; and how it was shaped by the personal ambitions of the main players in both the Church, the political world, and the philosophers of the day.

Member-exclusive brunch and lecture | March 17, 2024 | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Members are invited to enjoy a morning bunch throughout the Institute, and will also have the opportunity to meet Br. Guy before his lecture. The day continues with the lecture, followed by a Q&A session. Following the lecture, we invite you to take part in a planetarium show in the Acheson Planetarium, or check out the Institute's newest changing exhibit, Galileo.

Members Only Schedule
10:00am: Doors Open and Brunch available until 11:45am
12:00 – 1:00pm: Lecture and Q&A
1:15 – 2:00pm: Acheson Planetarium Show – “Two Small Pieces of Glass” (seating is on a first-come, first-served basis).

Tickets are $100 for adult members; $50 for children members ages 14 and up.

This event is geared toward ages 14 and up.

Not yet a member? Purchase a Membership today and join us on March 17th!


Public lecture | March 17, 2024 | 3:00 - 5:00pm

We are pleased to present a lecture for the general public. Join us in the afternoon, where everyone can partake in light refreshments before the lecture featuring Br. Guy Consolmagno. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A, and an opportunity to see the Institutes newest changing exhibit, Galileo.

Public Schedule
3:00pm: Doors Open
4:00 – 5:00pm: Lecture and Q&A
5:00 – 6:00pm: Museum Open

Tickets are $15 for adult members; $10 for children members ages 14 and up. For non- members, adult tickets are $20; $15 for children 14 and up.

This event is geared toward ages 14 and up.

Dr. Paul Sereno, Hunting Feathered Dinosaurs and Colossal Crocs

University of Chicago Professor and National Geographic Explorer | April 25, 2024 | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Dr. Paul Sereno
Discover the spectacular journey of an explorer who has discovered dinosaurs on five continents. Meet sail-backed meat-eaters, toothy fern-mowers, weird crocs, and soaring pterosaurs, as Sereno paints a vivid picture of the extinct castaways he has unearthed on drifting continents.

Paul Sereno, Professor and National Geographic Explorer, works in his Fossil Lab at the University of Chicago, resurrecting creatures long extinct. His field exploits began in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina, where Sereno discovered the earliest dinosaurs. Other expeditions have explored the Sahara and Gobi Deserts, India’s Thar Desert, and remote valleys in Tibet. A menagerie of spectacular crocodiles and dinosaurs have been unveiled, including giant 50-foot long predators, digging raptors, head-butting dwarfs, and a 40-foot-long SuperCroc. His latest discovery is a human graveyard in the Sahara predating the Egyptian pyramids. Featured in many National Geographic magazine stories and NOVA documentaries, Sereno was named Teacher of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, given the University Medal for Excellence by Columbia University. His efforts to foster up-and-coming scientists among urban youth earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama in the White House.

Program Schedule:
6:00pm: Doors open. Guests can enjoy museum experiences, including our traveling exhibit, Galileo
7:00 - 8:00pm: Lecture and Q&A
8:00 - 9:00pm: Galleries open

Tickets are $15 for adult members; $10 for children members ages 2-12; and children under age 2 are free. For non-members, adult tickets are $20 and $15 for children 2-12. All children under age 2 are free.

This event is geared toward ages 12 and up.

Dr. Cathy Olkin: NASA’s Lucy Mission to Explore the Trojan Asteroids

Women in Science Speaker Series | May 8, 2024 | 5:00 - 8:00pm

Dr. Cathy Olkin
NASA’s Lucy mission was the first spacecraft to visit asteroids sharing an orbit with Jupiter—the Trojan Asteroids, remnants from planetary formation that hold clues to understanding the formation and evolution of our solar system. Over the course of 12 years, the Lucy spacecraft will visit 11 asteroids. Join Dr. Cathy Olkin to learn about the mission and hear the initial results from the Lucy mission’s first flyby of a small main belt asteroid.

From 2014 to 2022, Dr. Olkin was Deputy Principal Investigator of NASA’s Lucy mission. Dr. Olkin worked to ensure that the flight system can achieve the mission’s scientific objectives like understanding the asteroids’ geology, surface composition, bulk properties, and thermal properties. Additionally, Dr. Olkin was an Institute Scientist at Southwest Research Institute where she served as the Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission. She was the Instrument Principal Investigator for its Ralph instrument, a color camera and infrared imaging spectrometer that provided information on the color and composition of Pluto’s surface.

Now, as a Principal Scientist at Muon Space, she strives to develop a constellation of satellites to detect and monitor fires across the globe. Her work aims to provide firefighters with high-quality, low-latency information for the management of fire responses, and to provide scientists with data to both model fires and understand the climate impacts. Cathy holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and Stanford respectively. She earned a PhD in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences from MIT with studies of Triton’s atmosphere from the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and other ground-based facilities. Cathy is passionate about the next generation of engineers and scientists and serves as a mentor through programs like FIRST Robotics and the L’SPACE Academy.

Program Schedule:
5:00pm: Doors open. Guests can enjoy museum exhibits, including our traveling exhibit, Galileo, along with light refreshments. Plus, receive 10% off in the science shop!
6:00 - 7:00pm: Lecture and Q&A
7:00 - 8:00pm: Galleries open

Tickets are $10 for adult members and $5 for children members ages 2-12. Tickets are $15 for adult non-members; $10 for children non-members ages 2-12. All children under age 2 are free.

A portion of this event is sponsored by the Women Rock Science experience.

This event is geared toward ages 12 and up.