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Biodiversity and Its Histories Exhibition

April 22, 2017 - May 19, 2017
New York Public Library Washington Heights Branch, 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032 United States

An historical exhibition celebrating biodiversity will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017, and last through May 19, 2017. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University.

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Biodiversity and Its Histories Workshop

April 24, 2017, 9:00 am - April 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States

This workshop will further explore several of the principal themes discussed in The New York Botanical Garden’s March 9th Symposium Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads, through a further historical examination of the concept of biodiversity. Experts from around the world will travel to the Garden in order to participate in a collective endeavor to reconstruct the complex past as well as the competing measures and conflicting prescriptions for the preservation of biodiversity, from the eighteenth century to the present. In doing so, Biodiversity and its Histories aims to provide a forum for the discussion of one of the most contentious and pressing issues in the academy today.

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4:30 pm

To Detect and Conserve: New Research on the Science and History of Columbia’s Ancient Manuscripts

April 25, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Butler Library Room #523, Columbia University, 535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States

This talk will describe the cross-disciplinary work of the Ancient Ink Lab and explain some of its surprising discoveries, including research that may lead to a new and non-destructive method for dating carbon inks from the ancient Mediterranean world. The speakers are Alexis Hagadorn, Head of Conservation, Columbia University Libraries; David Ratzan, Head Librarian, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University; and Sarah Goler, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Nano Initiative.

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6:15 pm

Celebrating Recent Work by Philip Kitcher and Evelyn Fox Keller

April 25, 2017, 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Jerome Greene Annex Room #107, Columbia University, 410 West 117th Street
New York, NY United States

As the icecaps melt and the sea levels rise around the globe―threatening human existence as we know it―climate change has become one of the most urgent and controversial issues of our time. For most people, however, trying to understand the science, politics, and arguments on either side can be dizzying, leading to frustrating and unproductive debates. Now, in this groundbreaking new work, two of our most renowned thinkers present the realities of global warming in the most human of terms―everyday conversation―showing us how to convince even the most stubborn of skeptics as to why we need to act now. Indeed, through compelling Socratic dialogues, Philip Kitcher and Evelyn Fox Keller tackle some of the thorniest questions facing mankind today.

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