Dec. 9–The Carnal and the Mortal in Philadelphia, with Nicole Angemi/Sex Ghost lecture

Doing another iteration of the sex ghost lecture. Dec. 9, Philadelphia, with the world’s favorite pathologist, Nicole Angemi. Details at http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/the-carnal-the-mortal

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Animal Ghosts! Ship Cats! Lectures in Northern and Southern California

Tails From the Crypt: Animal Ghosts and Apparitions, free, Nov. 23, Los Angeles. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1771299696464408/
Ship cat lecture with . . . a mermaid contest, octopus dancing, and sea shanties! Wow! Dec. 9 in Arcata, CA. See https://www.facebook.com/events/780866608721101/ tails
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Fall talks in Milwaukee, Chicago, Pasadena CA (Huntington Library)

Doing talks this fall in Milwaukee (Ship Cats https://www.facebook.com/events/218551835227959/), Chicago (Sex Ghosts http://chicagoathleticevents.com/events/ghosts-seduction-sicilian-catacombs-with-dr-paul-koudounaris/), and the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA (bejeweled skeletons). Milwaukee Oct 24, Chicago Oct 25, and the Huntington Oct 28. NOTE NOTE NOTE: the talk at the Huntington is part of a fantastic affair, their premier members Halloween party, but it’s a member’s event–I am not sure how membership at the Huntington works with its different levels, but basically if you’re a member or join as a member on a qualifying level, you can go to that party, if not, it’s private).

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Ghosts, skeletons, and other friends: Memento Mori panel at Flintridge Books, Oct. 27

This will be an interesting panel, if you’re in Southern California. Details https://www.facebook.com/events/184769925291841/flint
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Sicilian Sex Ghost lecture, San Diego, Oct. 5

I had decided to steer clear of sex ghost lectures a couple years ago, but somehow I have fallen back into it. Aside from the one in Houston there will also be one in San Diego, at the Art Institute in Balboa Park, Oct. 5. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/330932150581844/sd
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Great AMERICAN Cats–Lecture and Slideshow, Los Angeles, Sept. 29.

Damn right it’s time for an all American cat lecture. Sept. 29, HM157 in Los Angeles.

The Great American Cat Lecture! In 1776, it wasn’t just a bunch of human colonists declaring independence from European domination, no sirree. American felines also cut the ties with Old World tyranny. New American breeds were in the works, and native cats would travel westward and leave their (claw) mark on frontier life. By the first decade of the twentieth century the USA had given the world its first celebrity cat, as well as the only cat ever known to have worn prescription glasses. Our boys in fur would go on to win medals serving for the navy in World War II, and in the 1950s American cats even had their own national award of merit. So wave a flag and shed a tear as historian Dr. Paul Koudounaris relives the triumphs of the American feline in this special lecture and slideshow!
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129442087092499
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Texas talks: Ship Cats (Sept. 14), Death Salon (Sept. 16)

Doing a talk on the history of nautical cats in Austin on Sept. 14, and for Death Salon in Houston. Sept. 16. Details of the former at https://www.facebook.com/events/1423634287653518. Details of the latter at: https://deathsalon.org/future-events/death-salon-film-festival-at-aurora/ dst
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August: Leading LACMA Guillermo del Toro tour/Animal Talk in Joshua Tree CA

On August 11, I will be leading a free tour of LACMA’s Guillermo del Toro At Home with Monsters exhibit. I wrote part of the catalog for that show, and I can tell you it’s great. The tour I am doing is free, but you must rsvp for it via the LACMA website. For details, see here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1062656950436682/
Also in August, on the 21st, I will be doing a fantastic (I swear) historic animal talk in Joshua Tree, CA. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628148497514099 jt
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Latern Tour, Mummies of the World, Bowers Museum in Orange County

If you live in Southern California, here’s a kind of amazing event for you. The Mummies of the World exhibit is going dark on June 4: there’s going to be a nighttime, lantern light tour . . . and I get to lead it. We’re going to go through the exhibit at the Bowers Museum and talk about the history of mummification, some of the mummies in the show, and the theology and cultural significance of preserving and displaying the dead. It’s not exactly the same thing as visiting them in their tombs, but in Los Angeles . . . well, it’s as close as you’ll get. And the event will include a DJ (the dead don’t actually like silence, they get enough of it) and food (because they don’t get nearly enough of that. Details can be found here: http://www.bowers.org/index.php/visit/tangata/the-marvelous-dead-darkness-tourbowers
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CATS AND CORPSES!!! Philadelphia talks, May 18/19.

As the famous Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin said, only two things are certain in life: death and catses. Talks on both in Philadelphia. Link to FB page, which has links to specific event pages: https://www.facebook.com/events/988396144529881/philly
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