Dome Talks 2020 Tickets & Full Series Pass, San Bernardino County Museum, Wednesday, 01. January 2020

Dome Talks are evening discussions that feature leading authors and thought leaders discussing topics relevant to the past, present, and future of our Inland Southern California region. The 2020 lineup features provocative,  timely, science-y, and quirky issues that affect the lives of Californians.
Doors open at 6:30pm; Speakers start at 7pm
Thursday, January 16
Mark Hall Patton     
Recurring visiting expert on Pawn Stars
Mark Hall-Patton has been the Museums Administrator for the Clark County museum system for 23 years, overseeing the Clark County Museum, Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, and Searchlight History Museum. What he’s recognized for are his appearances as  that he’s a regular visiting expert on History Channel’***** series Pawn Stars, resulting in spontaneous autograph signings wherever he travels for this cult celebrity. In addition to Pawn Stars, he has appeared on American Restoration, United Stuff of America, America Facts and Fallacies,10 Things You Don’t Know About American History, TMZ Sports, CSPAN 3, Mysteries at the Museum, Hoarders, and the BBC Radio World Service. He has authored two books, over 400 published articles, and has written and produced 48 local history videos.
Wednesday, February 19
Sarah Milov                                                 
Author, The Cigarette: A Political History (2019)
The Cigarette: A Political History, follows the story of tobacco, the plant that has occupied the heart of the nation’s economy and expressed its enduring myths from Jamestown to the Marlboro Man. Milov is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses on 20th century political and social history. Her research explores how organized interest groups and everyday Americans influence government policy.
“The America of ‘no smoking in public places’ didn’t just happen. With deep, careful research, Milov reveals its long, fascinating history as a high-stakes game with contesting actors. And her story is even bigger than cigarettes; the battle over smoking takes us to all the hot spots of the nation’s twentieth-century political economy. The Cigarette is an impressive achievement.”— Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
Tuesday, March 24
Terry Tempest Williams 
Author, Erosion: Essays of Undoing (2019) 
Naturalist and author of more than a dozen books, Williams discusses her new book Erosion: Essays of Undoing. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and currently Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School, Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, Williams has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.
“In a collection of passionate, galvanizing essays, activist and teacher Williams shares her intimate connection to the as-yet untamed landscapes of the American West . . . Williams writes with a poetic optimism . . . Stirring.”  — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Thursday, April 16
Evan Hilgemann
Mechanical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
"How to Drive a Rover on Mars and Other Necessary Skills for the Itinerant Space Traveler"
Dividing his time between operating the Mars rover Curiosity and developing novel robotic methods to explore icy moons in the outer solar system, Hilgemann has also contributed to various spacecraft deployable systems and co-led an explorative study to place a long duration rover on the surface of Venus. Evan is drawn to this field by the inherent sense of exploration and adventure, and he enjoys sharing the thrill of space exploration with the community. In addition to his day job, Evan spends occasional evenings as a telescope operator and science educator at the Griffith Observatory.
Thursday, May 21
Marilyn Berlin Snell 
Author, Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment (2018)
in conversation with Lillian Vasquez, KVCR host of Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez
What do national security and defense mean in the ecologically destabilizing age of climate change? In her first book, Snell brings to light the bases in Southern California that have taken a comprehensive approach in renewable energy innovation and preservation of cultural and natural treasures—one in which energy security and protection of threatened and endangered species are embedded in the practice of national defense. She examines what 21st-century sustainable-energy infrastructure looks like; whether combat readiness and species protection can successfully coexist; and how the Department of Defense’s scientific research into the metabolic secrets of the endangered desert tortoise could speed human travel to Mars.
Thursday, June 25
Ruth Kassinger                                                               
Author, Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us (2019)
Slime traces the story of algae, which created the Earth as we know it, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Combining science and history, author Kassinger takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour of her subject, delighting and amazing with stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming. Kassinger writes about the intersection of gardening, history, and science. In addition to authoring several books, Ruth has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Health, National Geographic Explorer, and has been interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday.
“Algae are among the earth’s oldest life-forms, pervasive in everything from pond scum to crude oil…Kassinger makes a persuasive case for their future importance.” — The New York Times Book Review, New and Noteworthy “In the end, Kassinger has us rooting for pond scum — it might just save us yet.” — Science News
Thursday, June 16
Larry Burns                                                                
Author, Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure (2019)
Larry Burns draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of the Inland Empire. He fears and welcomes a future run by sentient robots, and wonders what they will talk about and do for fun when they are in charge. He is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, a regional non-profit literary organization, and teaches English at Riverside City College. His latest book, Secret Inland Empire, answers compelling questions, “How did the first McDonald’s perfect the taste that took over the globe?” ,“Where can you go to receive the first messages from Mars and probe photographs sent to NASA?”, “How did an hourly employee from the Inland Empire invent Flaming Hot Cheetos?”, and other stories that reveal the wacky history of our beloved region.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
The talks are designed for an ***** audience, and some of the book talks may include ****** content, however, we welcome young adults that have an interest. We ask that you leave very young ones, including babes in arms, at home.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking at the museum is free. Unfortunately, we are not conveniently located near bus transportation.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You are welcome to contact us with any questions about these events - we can be reached at 909.798.8608 (Tuesday - Sunday, 9-5) or
 What's the refund policy?
Once tickets are purchased, we are unable to provide refunds, however, you may donate unused tickets (for a tax deduction) to the San Bernardino County Museum Association if you notify them at least 24 hours in advance that you will be unable to attend. Contact the Association with your name and number of tickets at with "donate tickets" in the subject line. The Association will provide you with a letter acknowledging your donation.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Full Series Pass: We are mailing a packet of seven tickets for Full Series Passholders, and we encourage you to bring the ticket for each event; however if you forget your ticket we will have your name on a guest list. If you would like to transfer one of your dates to another person, it's best if you give them your printed ticket and also please notify us in advance at with your name and their name so we know to expect them in case they forget their ticket. We promise this will be all failsafe to avoid any anxiety!
Individual Ticketholder:  If you have purchased an individual ticket for one date (and not the series), please print your Eventbrite ticket and bring to the event, as this helps the entry move faster. If you forget or lose your ticket, we can search our records, but it may slow things up and affect your enjoyment of the pre-talk reception.

Wednesday, 01. January 2020, San Bernardino County Museum, Dome Talks 2020 Tickets & Full Series Pass

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