Talks & Forums

To RSVP for a lecture or for information on membership, call 928.774.5211, ext. 219 or email


Ed kabotie Singing

Howlin' for the Plateau with Ed Kabotie
Monday, March 11, 2019, 7 pm at the Sedona United Methodist Church
$6 member, $7 non-member

Museum of Northern Arizona, Artist in Residence, Ed Kabotie, will share songs and stories that express his love and burden for the sacred lands of the Colorado Plateau.

This is part of the Sedona Muses Lecture Series.

Dan Dells 102112

A Century of Climate Change in Flagstaff with Dan Campbell
Monday, April 8, 2019, 7 pm at the Sedona United Methodist Church
$6 member, $7 non-member

Climate change is affecting the world around us in profound ways, but it has not gone unobserved. Join MNA research associate Dan Campbell for a look at how projects in Flagstaff revolutionized the world of climate science in 1899.

This is part of the Sedona Muses Lecture Series.


How did i get here? The Intersection of Personal and Professional History on the Colorado Plateau
with Kim Spurr
Monday, February 11, 2019, 7 pm at the Sedona United Methodist Church
Tickets: $6 member, $7 non-member

Kimberly Spurr, MNA’s Archaeology Division Director, interweaves the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau with her personal and professional story. This multilayered tale will encompass varied landscapes, past and current archaeological projects, and five generations of family history.

This is part of the Sedona Muses Lecture Series.

Rock Art of the Homol’ovi Region, Little Colorado River Valley
with Peter Pilles
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 9:30 am
Sedona United Methodist Church Hall, 110 Indian Cliffs Road in Sedona

Come learn about the significance of rock art sites to today’s tribal people and the steps archaeologists take to interpret and protect them. Peter Pilles, Chief Archaeologist for the Coconino National Forest, is a rock art expert and a regional hero in protecting the indigenous villages and sacred burial grounds of our region from destruction and pillage.

This is a Sedona Muses event.

Decolonizing Museums: Pathways of Cultural Justice for Indigenous Communities
with Jaclyn Roessel
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6 pm

Museums and Indigenous communities have long had contentious interactions and relationships. In this talk, Jaclyn Roessel will examine some of the tensions present within the museum field and discuss how, with further dedication to decolonized practices, museums can help facilitate the assertion of Indigenous community’s cultural rights. Roessel is the Founder and President of Grownup Navajo. She is a museum professional and more recently was Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the San Diego Museum of Man

This is sponsored by MNA and the Martin-Springer Institute.

Playreading and Author Talk with Lynn Timmons Edwards
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6 pm, at the Colton House
$10 member, $20 non-member

Come hear about the life of Museum of Northern Arizona founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, in the home where she lived. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival will perform a dramatic reading from the play, “Fairy.” The play author, Flagstaff local Lynn Timmons Edwards, who will also be there to discuss her research and writing process.

This is part of the Living Room Lectures Series.

Arizona Stinks: Adventures in Biodiversity in the Desert Southwest
with Dr. Larry Stevens
Monday, January 14, 2019, 7 pm, at the Sedona United Methodist Church
Tickets: $6 member, $7 non-member

Arizona stink beetles are just one of a host of strange creatures that live all around us, leading charming or just plain weird lives. Dr. Larry Stevens, MNA’s curator of ecology and conservation will speak about distribution and complexity within the region’s biodiversity, and reveal some of the more outstandingly odd creatures and lifeways in our living landscape.

This is part of the Sedona Muses Lecture Series.

Jodie Hollander
MNA's current Poet in Residence
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 6 pm, at the Colton House
$10 at the door

Jodie has spent the Fall with MNA as our Poet in Residence. Come hear her poetry and process and how the Colton Studio has inspired her work.

This is part of the Living Room Lectures Series.

Book Signing: Dr. Gwen Waring, author of The Natural History of the San Francisco Peaks
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2-4pm
Free and open to the public

MAn ecologist, an author, educator and occasional trip leader for MNA, Dr. Gwen Waring has become an expert in studying Flagstaff’s native plants and ecology. She is captivated by the stories that plants tell about evolution and the history of ecosystems and climate and her book reflects this relationship with the natural world. Come see why MNA research associate Steve Carothers calls the book "a wonderful compendium of geological, biological, archaeological and historical information."

This is part of the Bookstore Events Series.

Duane Koyawena
Curator  & Artist for the new exhibition, Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art
Thursday, October 25th, 2018, 6 pm, in the Pivot Gallery
$10 at the door

Join us for an evening with Hopi artists and Pivot curator Duane Koyawena as he shares his inspirational life story.

This is part of the Living Room Lectures Series.

LET THERE BE NIGHT: Light Pollution & the Future of Flagstaff's Observatories.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, 6-8 pm at MNA's Branigar-Chase Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Flagstaff is the world's first International Dark Sky City but it's losing its battle against light pollution. Join astronomers and community leaders to help figure out how we can save our world-class observatories. We want to hear from you! Free, but seating is limited and online registration is required at 

This is part of the Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum Series.

A Conversation in Color with Serena Supplee and Helen Ranney
Monday, April 9, 2018, 7 pm, at the Sedona United Methodist Church
Tickets: $6 member, $7 non-member

Renowned Southwest painter Serena Supplee captures the Colorado Plateau’s ever-changing light and landscape in large-scale oil paintings. Enjoy a candid conversation between Supplee and friend Helen Ranney, about the artist’s work, process and inspiration.

This is part of the Sedona Muses Lecture Series.

Confluence of Color featuring George Averbeck & Serena Supplee
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2 pm
Free with admission or membership

More than 30 years of friendship and artistic collaboration between glass artist George Averbeck and painter Serena Supplee has resulted in a shared aesthetic of rich color and a similar lexicon of forms, defining elements of each artist’s instantly recognizable style. Confluence of Color features vibrant sculptural glass and oil works by these renowned Southwest artists, celebrating the natural forms and saturated desert hues of the Colorado Plateau. Join the artists and Museum curator Alan Petersen to learn more about the artists’ inspiration and process.

This is part of the Gallery Talks Series.