Public Events

in addition to Town talks, Telluride Science offers several public events throughout the year. THIS SUMMER, WE ARE CO-HOSTING THREE EVENTS WITH THE TELLURIDE FOUNDATION.





Tuesday, September 12 
Telluride Arts Gallery West
224 W. Colorado Ave.

Join the Colorado Water Trust and the Telluride Foundation for a panel discussion that  dives into the challenges faced by Colorado agriculturalists given the ongoing water crisis. Learn about the impact of water scarcity and drought and how ranchers and farmers are rethinking how they use and depend on water. Between population growth, climate change causing extreme drought conditions, and the over-use of Colorado River Basin water supplies, a complex set of interrelated problems are stacking up and will clearly impact all of us living in the West. The panel will share their own experiences and discuss innovative solutions for growing crops, raising cattle, and managing water. Panelists include regional water experts: Kathleen Curry, Marsha Daughenbaugh, Rob Lindler, Sajun Folsom, and Kate Ryan.

Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The event is free but registration is required.

ROOTS SO DEEP (You can see the Devil Down There)

Monday, August 21, Doors and reception 5:30 pm; film 6:30 pm at the Sheridan Opera House

Mountainfilm, The Telluride Foundation and Telluride Science are excited to partner in presenting a special community screening of Roots So Deep at the Sheridan Opera House. This important program focuses on innovation in regenerative farming and scientific solutions for our collective future. Join us for a night of free programming and engaging conversation.

Roots So Deep is a four-part documentary series all about inventive farmers and maverick scientists building a path to solving climate change with hooves, heart and soil. For this special screening, we will be showing parts one and four. There will be a Q&A and discussion with writer and director Peter Byck following the show. View the trailer

AWE: The New Science of Everyday Wonder 

Monday, August 14 
We are thrilled to partner with the Telluride Foundation to host Dacher Keltner in  Telluride. He will speak about his latest book Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life. Dr. Keltner will talk about his investigation and personal inquiry into this elusive emotion. Revealing new research into how awe transforms our brains and bodies, alongside and examination of awe across history, culture and within his own life during a period of grief, Keltner shows us how cultivating awe in our everyday life leads us to appreciate what is most humane in our human nature. A book signing immediately follows the presentation.

UNVEILING THE TRUTH: The Role of Scientific Analysis in Art History and Conservation AND Audacious Art Forgeries and Authenticity

Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 pm at the Sheridan Opera House

This event, co-hosted with the Telluride Foundation,  features two experts in the art world: Rachel Kaminsky, a New York-based art dealer, and Silvia A. Centeno, a research scientist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York. Their presentations will cover areas of art history, conservation research, connoisseurship, provenance, and the increasingly important role of scientific analysis in the investigation of works of art. Ms. Kaminsky will show how some of these tools have exposed the most audacious art forgeries of the 20th and 21st century, while Dr. Centeno will draw from her experience at The Met to discuss how cutting-edge tools of analysis are able to delve beneath paintings’ surfaces to reveal surprising information unseen by the naked eye. 

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Irises, 1890
Oil on canvas; 29 x 36 1/4 in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Adele R. Levy, 1958 (58.187)

Highlights of Past Events Are Included Below.

A Community Celebration at The Depot
September 30, 2022

Many events during the Winter of 2022 were virtual due to the pandemic. 
Some of these events include:
Asleep to Remember

The Role of Sleep in Memory Consilidation

Dr.Paolo Malerba, PhD, Principal Investigator at Malerba Lab at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital, gave a very interesting discussion on how sleep affects our
memory. View the webinar in the window to the left. 

Cellular Therapy

The Use of Living Drugs to Combat Viruses & Cancer

Dr. Peter Pisters, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke about the novel work and cancer research done at MD Anderson and Dr. Katy Rezvani, Professor of Medicine at MD Anderson, addressed explained how a new frontier in immune cell therapeutics was being used to treat viruses and cancer.