Friday Evening Lectures – 2020


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The tradition continues this summer with streamed lectures delivered by notable FEL “alumni” who will help us carry on the legacy of the Friday Evening Lectures. Live Q&A to follow.

All of the lectures will be livestreamed on the MBL’s YouTube page.

Suggestions for future Friday Evening Lecturers are welcome and may be sent to



July 3

“NIH’s Scientific Approach to Inclusive Excellence”
Hannah Valantine, National Institutes of Health

July 10

Forbes Lecture
“Personal, National, and World Crises”
Jared Diamond, University of California

July 24

"The Taste of Blood"
Leslie Vosshall, The Rockefeller University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

July 31

Porter Lecture
"Dropping in to 'Listen': Eavesdropping on the Complex Molecular Dialogue of Host and Symbiont Throughout their Lifelong Partnership"
Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

August 7

Glassman Lecture
“Fossils, Genes and the Origin of Limbs from Fish Fins”
Neil Shubin, University of Chicago

August 14

"Molecular Convergence in Brain Regions for Song Learning in Birds and Spoken Language in Humans"
Erich Jarvis, The Rockefeller University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute