Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The Discovery Museum Speaker Series presents expert voices on matters of importance to our communities, free of charge and open to the public. Researchers, educators, best-selling authors, and field experts bring national perspective to pressing topics underscored by the Discovery Museum’s three-pronged emphasis on science, nature, and play. 
The speaker series is offered in collaboration with the MIT Club of Boston.

To learn about Speaker Series sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marie Beam at or call 978-264-4200 ext. 124.

Upcoming Events

Photo of speaker Mary Gordon
Thursday, February 27, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Mary Gordon, Founder, Roots of Empathy
Ottoson Middle School
63 Acton Street
Arlington, MA 02476
Registration Required: Register Now

Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate, and parenting expert, who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. Her organization, Roots of Empathy, was selected... Learn More

Thursday, March 12, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Susan Hockfield, President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience at MIT
Thursday, April 2, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Michael Yogman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
Thursday, September 24, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Jay Lemery, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Winner, Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Thursday, November 12, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Jill Walsh, Researcher and Lecturer at Boston University


Speaker: Dr. Anthony Rao, Ph.D.
October 17, 2019
Speaker: Takao Hensch, Ph.D., Joint Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science
May 23, 2019
Speaker: Peter H. Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator
November 14, 2018
Speaker: David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; co-Director, Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging, Harvard Medical School; Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney
October 11, 2018