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CALENDAR ITEM: MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center’s Science Café Hosts Discussion on Marriage

Story Contact(s):
Jeff Sossamon,, 573-882-3346

WHAT: Science Café Columbia continues its mission to inspire informal, relaxed conversations about popular science topics. For this month’s topic “What is Marriage,” Mary Shenk, associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Science at MU, will discuss the different ways of conceptualizing marriage and how traditional American values of love, monogamy and opposite-sex partners may not be the norm globally.

An offshoot of an international movement started by PBS’ “NOVA,” Science Café is a grassroots forum that takes place in a neighborhood coffeehouse, library or bar. Meant to include members of the community who may not normally get involved in the science conversation, the Bond Life Sciences Center sponsors Science Café Columbia as a means of nurturing a two-way conversation between scientists and the public.

WHERE: Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway, Columbia

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Science Café, please visit: