A Member-Only Lecture Series
An educational twist to the traditional happy hour with themes pulled from various FAC exhibitions, each lecture will explore an aspect of the amazing art and featured artists. Enjoy a themed drink for each lecture to help you really dive deep into the topic.
5:15-6:30 p.m. (lecture begins at 5:30) | $10 per lecture and includes your first drink
Located in FAC Deco Lounge and Taste Restaurant
Thursday, August 16
The Chemistry of Beer: Fermentation and Flavor
Amanda Bowman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Colorado College
Drink: Hefeweizen Beer
Have you ever wondered what makes an IPA taste bitter, a Hefeweizen taste fruity, and a Lambic taste funky? And how does water, starch, and yeast turn into delicious beer? This talk will explain the chemical reactions behind the beer fermentation process, and will tell you all about the flavor molecules that give each beer its unique taste.
Tuesday, September 18
Madeira, Marriage, and Myths: Everything You Don’t Know about William Jackson Palmer
Leah Davis Witherow, Curator of History, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Drink: Dirty Palmer Cocktail
How much do we really know about the founder of Colorado Springs? How much of what we think we know simply isn’t true? This illustrated talk will challenge many of the often-told stories about General Palmer by using evidence he left behind. Through the examination of photographs, letters, diaries and artifacts, we will explore how the members of the Palmer family are funnier, more interesting – and much more complex than we give them credit for.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Continuity, Resistance, and Futurism: Contextualizing the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 through the Art of Virgil Ortiz
Karen R. Roybal and Santiago Ivan Guerra, Assistant Professors of Southwest Studies, Colorado College
Drink: Prickly Pear Margarita
Celebrated Cochiti Pueblo artist, Virgil Ortiz, describes the 1680 Pueblo Revolt as the first American Revolution. We will discuss how the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico, along with other Indigenous groups in the region united to contest and revolt against the brutal conquest by Spanish colonizers. Through an examination of Ortiz’s current artistic work, we’ll also discuss how the artist retells the story of the Pueblo Revolt in a way that blends past and future to reach a new generation and to remind us how art and history coalesce in significant ways.