Science of Kissing

Kiss. Smooch. Peck. There is more to the simple act of kissing than you might think. Drawing upon neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, classical history, popular culture, and more, the Science of Kissing is everything you always wanted to know about kissing but haven't asked, couldn't find out or didn't realize you should understand.

  • When did humans begin to kiss?
  • Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others?
  • How do our brains respond to this show of affection?
  • What can animals teach us about its origins?

Sheril Kirshenbaum, a biologist, science journalist and author of the book The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us will tackle these questions and more. Learn about the latest studies and theories surrounding this tantalizing topic in one unforgettable evening.

Sheril has appeared on The Today Show and The Daily Rundown, her writing has appeared in publications such as Newsweek and The Washington Post and her work has been published in journals like Science, Nature, and Issues in Science and Technology.

Event Schedule:
February 11, 2012

  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner Under the Stars (additional ticket price)
    Star Theater
  • 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Party with live music by Max Wellman
    Founders Hall
  • 8:00 p.m. - Science of Kissing presentation
    Principal Hall
  • 8:45 p.m. - Question and answer session
    Principal Hall
  • 9:15 p.m. - Book signing
    Founders Hall

Pricing:

  • Presentation - $15 per person
    Includes cocktail party, box of 2 mint chocolate lips from Chocolaterie Stam, presentation and book signing

  • Dinner Under the Stars* (limited availability) - $60 per person
    Includes three-course dinner catered by Proof (menu below), cocktail party, box of 2 mint chocolate lips from Chocolaterie Stam, presentation and book signing

    Dinner Menu*:
    Arugula salad in honey mustard vinaigrette with curried almonds, goat cheese, and braised asparagus

    Seared beef shoulder tender with lobster ravioli in a light basil and pine nut pesto cream sauce or four-cheese ravioli in a light basil and pine nut pesto cream sauce with roasted winter vegetables

    Fig and almond cake with bourbon caramel and whipped cream or flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry and strawberry compote

    *All menu items listed in bold are considered aphrodisiacs

  • VIP Table* (limited availablility) - $200
    Includes cocktail party, 8 front row seats for the presentation, 2 bottles of wine, cheese platter from The Cheese Shop, box of chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam, 4 parking passes and the opportunity to be first in line for post-event book signing

  • The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us book (pre-order) - $18; (at event) - $20

Book your tickets:

  • Online
  • By phone at 515-274-6868 ext. 222
  • In person at the SCI Sales Office: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309

*Book Dinner Under the Stars tickets and VIP Tables by calling the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222. Deadline for Dinner reservations and VIP tables is 5 pm on Wednesday, February 8.

Cafe Scientifique is monthly event series sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International that engages Central Iowa's adult learning community in contemporary science.