Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend free lectures on topical issues in science and conservation.

2015 Lectures

Robert Bateman: Life Sketches

Sunday, November 22, 2015
3 p.m. in The Living World
Free. No reservations are needed.

Join Robert Bateman at the Saint Louis Zoo to hear him tell personal stories about his life and art from his memoir, "Life Sketches." Bateman's work is also featured in the Zoo's seasonal exhibit Inspired by Nature, which opened in 2012 in Peabody Hall. During Mr. Bateman's visit to St. Louis, this exhibit will be open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 22 and 23, it will be open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

"Life Sketches" is a moving journey in both words and images that, for the first time, allows Bateman's fans full access into his creative process, detailing his singular artistic vision and the inspiration behind his iconic art. What emerges is a portrait of a young boy enchanted by the natural world around him and called to record it in his sketches and paintings. Bitten by wanderlust, Bateman travelled the world and documented his real life experiences in journals, sketches, and paintings. In "Life Sketches," he recounts the evolution of his style from abstraction to realism and the events that have shaped his art into a vocation over many decades. And through it all, Bateman shows how his keen sensibilities extend beyond art, to a passion for conservation and relentless advocacy for the natural world that underpins an incredible artistic legacy.

Full of never-before-seen illustrations, "Life Sketches" is an inspiring and elegant portrait of Robert Bateman's life as an artist and of his belief that "Nature is an infinite source of reason, imagination, and invention."

His book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

The Science of Happiness

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:30 to 9 p.m. in The Living World
Free. No reservations are needed.

Featured Speaker: Timothy J. Bono, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Lecturer, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.

Timothy J. Bono, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University. Tim's research and ideas on the science of happiness have been featured in a number of media outlets including Fast Company, St. Louis Public Radio, and CNN. He is the recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Washington University and the Outstanding Research Award from the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education.

What makes people happy and how can we increase happiness in our lives? Our society sends us many messages about what should make us happy (which many people buy into—literally). What does the research suggest about the validity of these messages? It turns out there may be an even simpler path to living the good life. Psychologist and lecturer, Dr. Timothy Bono discusses the scientific study of happiness and strategies for life satisfaction based on research in Positive Psychology.

The Science Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Academy of Science-St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo. 

More Information

Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free.

All lectures take place in the Anheuser-Busch Theatre in The Living World/North Entrance at the Saint Louis Zoo. For more information, call (314) 646-4544.