Columbia Alumni Center, 622 West 113th Street and New York Botanical Garden
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Biodiversity, a term introduced in the 1980s to facilitate dialogue at the conjunction of science, ethics, and law, has been notoriously hard to define. Behind the term biodiversity stands a wide variety of values—from the utilitarian to the ethical, religious, and aesthetic. These disparate values have generated competing measures of biodiversity and conflicting prescriptions for its preservation. In this workshop, scholars from a broad array of disciplines will explore the concepts of diversity that have underpinned scientific, philosophical, spiritual, aesthetic, and economic views of nature since antiquity and across the world.
The workshop will further explore several themes addressed in The New York Botanical Garden’s March 9th Symposium Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads, and in the co-organized Biodiversity and its Histories Conference held at the University of Cambridge on March 24-25, 2017.
This event is sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden and the Center for Science and Society, Center for International History, and the Dorothy Borg Research Program of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and is a part of the Environmental Science and Humanities research cluster.