Granfalloon: WonderLab AfterHours: Science of Catastrophe

  • May 21, 2022
  • WonderLab Museum
  • 308 W. 4th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 337-1337
  • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • $18

Join us as we explore the catastrophic science of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s end-of-the-world novel Galápagos in this special 21+ event at the WonderLab.

Come enjoy beer from Upland, including a special Granfalloon brew, while trying out hands-on, Vonnegut-themed activities that imagine what the world and the beings who live on it could be like a million years from now.

Learn about what the Earth was like in the Pleistocene Epoch and what it could look like far in the future, explore how island species like the ones on the Galápagos islands evolve, and imagine how your own new organisms might adapt to changing environments. Try out a game that lets you experience what it takes to protect people from natural disasters, learn to identify hints of our evolutionary past in the human skeleton, and hear about the species of the Galápagos from the WonderLab's own marine biologist! Speakers will present on an array of thought-provoking topics, including the meaning of evolution in Vonnegut's work, the human relationship with the natural world, how plants would react in a world without human intervention, and what human activities like dancing and eating could look like a million years in the future. Snacks and refreshments from One World Catering will also be provided.

Special guest speakers include: Dr. Christoph Irmscher (IU English); Dr. Roger Hangarter (IU Biology); Dr. Jennifer Lau (IU Biology); Dr. Julio Postigo (IU Geography); and Sophia Fatouros (dancer and dance educator).

WonderLab After Hours is a series of events for adults hosted by Bloomington's award-winning museum of science, health, and technology, which has been in operation since 1998. Their mission is to provide opportunities to experience the wonder and excitement of science through interactive exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, connect to the arts and everyday life, and foster lifelong learning.

Granfalloon: WonderLab AfterHours: Science of Catastrophe