Lectures at the Petroleum Museum

Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series – underwritten by Abell-Hanger Foundation

The Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series brings explorers, photographers, scientists, and historians from all over the world to the Permian Basin. Special thanks to the Abell Hanger Foundation for their sponsorship of these events. This is a free, ticketed event. For reservations, call 432-683-4403 or reserve online by clicking here.

November 12 Speaker: James McLurkin – Dances with Robots: The Story of One Engineer, 112 Little Robots, and the Toys, Insects, & Star Wars Movies That Made It All Possible

“I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t building something.” As a child, James McLurkin was constantly building with LEGO bricks, cardboard boxes, or any other materials he could access. Today, McLurkin continues this tradition. Using Mother Nature as a model, his core research is developing distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems: the software for large swarms of autonomous robots. Inspired by the behavior of ants and bees, the SwarmBots perform individual tasks that collectively contribute to the goals of the group. They were originally created during his five-year post as Lead Research Scientist at iRobot, one of the world’s leading robotics companies. Join us for a look into society’s views on robots, Hollywood’s portrayal of them, the current state of the art, and the future of the technology with live robot demonstrations along the way.

Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series – sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

The Petroleum Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch and Lectures give our community the chance to visit with authors, scientists, artists, and historians who recount the petroleum industry’s beginning, present and future, along with topics of local and historical interest.  These lectures are sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Admission is always free. Drinks and dessert are provided. This is a free, ticketed event. For reservations, call 432-683-4403 or reserve online by clicking here.

October 13 Speaker: Jeff Thomas, Co-Founder & Manager – Tall City Brewing Co.

Tall City Brewing Company started as a dream to bring a craft brewery to the people of Midland. Jeff Thomas helped bring that dream to reality. Jeff was a crude oil buyer for Plains Marketing for 11 years and was looking for something different. In 2016, Jeff and his business partners began to develop plans to build a craft brewery. Tall City Brewery opened in November 2019. Jeff is a co-owner and manages the day to day operations. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to this new business and the owners of Tall City Brewery have come up with some creative and innovative ways to meet these new challenges. Join us as Jeff discusses the why behind his dream brewery and how they are keeping it alive in unique times.

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