Five Must-Attend Lectures in Phoenix This December

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"How Do We Make Sense of Genius?" @ Heard Museum Ever wonder what makes genius genius and what sets it apart from the rest? So has Boston Globe music editor Matthew Guerrieri, who looked into the mysterious process of creativity, with a particular focus on composer Ludwig van Beethoven, in his book The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination. He'll talk about his findings on Wednesday, December 12.

Zócalo Public Square and ASU Center for Science and the Imagination present the discussion at Heard Museum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

"Learning from the Land" @ Pueblo Grande Museum Matthew Garcia, founder of Desert ArtLAB, will discuss his organization's latest social art project, LandKNOWLEDGE, which engages the local community in a discourse about native flora and how the city could benefit from embracing it. The talk takes place at Pueblo Grande Museum on Friday, December 14, at 6 p.m., and is followed by a workshop where attendees will make seed confetti bags. Both the lecture and workshop are free and open to the public.

"Making Sense of the American Civil War, Part Five: The Shape of War" @ Burton Barr Library Civil War historian James M. McPherson's book Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam will be the topic of scholar-led discussion at Burton Barr Central Library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. The program will be held in the lecture room on the fourth floor. Admission is free.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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