2012 Questions for a Resilient Future

In partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation hosted a group of Senior Scholars for a fascinating afternoon of dialogue on three of the "big questions" that challenge our society today. The speakers, drawing on decades of experience and a diversity of perspectives, explored the ethical dimensions of humanity's relationship with the rest of the natural world and ways to connect ideas with meaningful and effective action.

What Does it Mean to Be Human?

  • Watch the presentation by Dr. David Sloan, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Departments of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University 

To Build or Not to Build a Road...How Do We Honor the Landscape?

  • Watch the presentation by Dr. Nina-Marie Lister, Associate Professor, School of Urban Design and Regional Planning, Ryerson University, Toronto; and Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
  • Watch the presentation by Dr. Ingrid Stefanovic, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto  

Panel Discussion 

With David Sloan Wilson, Nina-Marie Lester and Ingrid Stafanovic. Moderated by Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History. 


How Do You Envision a Successful Economy without Continuous Economic Growth? 

  • Watch the presentation by Dr. Richard Howarth, Pat and John Rosenwald Professor, Dartmouth College and Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Economics 
  • Watch the presentation by Dr. Peter A. Victor, Professor in Environmental Studies, York University 

Roundtable Discussion 

With Richard Howarth and Peter A. Victor. Moderated by Brooke Hecht, President of the Center for Humans and Nature. 


This is a yearly event that is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact us at biodiversity@amnh.org.