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Movies@MNH: Can I Eat That?

Sunday, March 1, 3:30 p.m., Macbride Auditorium


[60 minutes, No Rating]
What are the secrets behind your favorite foods? Why are some treats, like chocolate-chip cookies, delectable, while others, like cookies made with mealworms, disgusting? You might think you understand what makes something sweet, salty, or bitter, but David Pogue gets a taste of a much more complicated truth, as he ventures into labs and kitchens where everything from apple pie to Thanksgiving turkey to juicy grasshoppers is diced, sliced, dissected, and put under the microscope. If scientists can uncover exactly what's behind the mouth-watering flavors and textures we take for granted every day, could they help us enjoy our food more—without packing on the pounds?


Shown as part of the University of Iowa's Food for Thought Theme Semester

UI Anthropocene Event: "Living Downstream" movie showing

Monday, March 2, 7:00 p.m., Macbride Auditorium


Description: “Living Downstream” is based on the book by ecologist and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber on the environmental links of cancer. There will be a free public lecture by Sandra Steingraber entitled “Health and Heart” on Saturday, March 7 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Englert Theater. These events are a part of the UI Anthropocene symposium on human impacts on our planet. Please visit for details and a full calendar of events.

UI Explorers Seminar: "Life in the Wild: the Mianmin of Papua New Guinea" with Steve Austad, visiting biologist

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., Biopshere Discovery Hub


Visiting biologist Steven Austad will talk about his experiences working among the Mianmin, a group of people that still hunt game (and sometimes one another) with spears and arrows in the central mountains of Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Austad is interested in the biology of aging and longevity in species from humans to hydras. His science writing has appeared in publications including Natural History and Scientific American and in his book Why We Age.

Special Exhibits

Visit our shared exhibit space in the Old Capitol Museum to see these temporary exhibits.


laysan albatrossThe Land Provides: Iowa's Culinary

Heritage January 22 - August 2, 2015
Hanson Humanities Gallery


laysan albatrossIowa Law: Oldest The First Law School West of the Mississippi

February 12-August 2, 2015
Keyes Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences


laysan albatrossUnfinished Business: The Arts of the New Arab Revolutions

February 12-August 2, 2015
Second Floor Rotunda