Lectures and Special Events
Lonesome George and the Galápagos Today: What the Tortoise Taught Us
September 18, 2014
Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835 helped him decipher evolution by natural selection, the process responsible for the dizzying abundance of species on the planet. Today, hundreds of those species go extinct each year. In honor of the Museum’s special exhibition of Lonesome George, the famed Galápagos tortoise that was the last of his species, join us for an in-depth conversation about biodiversity and conservation. Uncover the issues and current environmental initiatives in the Galápagos, and explore the possibilities and perils that lie ahead. The conversation will feature Johannah Barry and Linda Cayot of the Galápagos Conservancy, James Gibbs of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Arturo Izurieta, Director of the Galápagos National Park. The discussion will be moderated by the Museum’s Chief Conservation Scientist, Eleanor Sterling.
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October 29, 2015
Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie debuts her new title. Developed while she was an artist in residence at the Museum, Thunder & Lighting: Weather, Past, Present, Future brings her unique style to a journey from the driest desert on Earth to an island in the Arctic and beyond.
November 12, 2015
Join Dr. Thorne Lay as he discusses how analysis of these earthquakes forced researchers to revise longstanding ideas about the behavior of the Earth beneath our feet.
November 17, 2015
Join Museum Curator Emeritus Ian Tattersall and Curator Rob DeSalle as they weave together their respective fields—paleoanthropology and molecular biology—in an exciting journey through the world of wine.
December 21, 2015
Join Steve Beyer and Ted Williams for a sneak peek at the celestial objects that will appear in our winter sky.