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. 

All 2021 Speaker Series events will take place online via Zoom webinar, and are free and open to the public. A 6th event for the 2021 schedule is to be announced.

The speaker series is offered in collaboration with the MIT Club of Boston.

Interested to sponsor the Series?

Launched in 2013 and presented in a virtual format beginning in 2020, the Series has grown in scope each year and developed audience from across Massachusetts and beyond. Our sponsors make these important, free, community conversations possible--and get great visibility! Learn more about becoming a Speaker Series sponsor today.



Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 18, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Charlie Washburn, Retired Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, VSA Massachusetts, grandfather of two boys on the autism spectrum, Donna Danielewski, Senior Director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH, mother of a child with autism
Presented virtually via Zoom webinar
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This workshop will explore the lush landscape of grandparenting children on the Autism Spectrum. We’ll explore the unique role grandparents—and others who fill that sort of supporting role—can play in a family with a child on the spectrum. We... Learn More

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Jessica Lahey, New York Times best-selling author
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Grace Lin, New York Times best-selling author and illustrator
Thursday, September 23, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Varshini Prakash, Founder of The Sunrise Movement
Thursday, October 21, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Sara Minkara, Founder, Empowerment Through Integration


Speaker: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, Moderated by Tiziana Dearing, Host of WBUR's Radio Boston
January 27, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Jill Walsh, Researcher and Lecturer at Boston University
November 12, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Winner, Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
October 21, 2020
Speaker: Gene Beresin, M.D., Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
October 8, 2020