Past Event

Sonic Sea: Film and Q&A

December 4, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, New York

Event Description:

Throughout the ocean, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, and defend against predators. A century ago the seas were silent, but now humans fill them with an unbearable cacophony – the sonic “bombs” of oil prospectors, the whirr of freight ships, the shrieks of military sonar – driving whales to death and disorientation. Sonic Sea (2017), narrated by Rachel McAdams and featuring Sting, tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former Navy officer who solved the tragic mystery of a mass stranding, and the global network of scientists working to limit our deadly clamor.

Event Speakers:

Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Environmental Studies and Animal Studies faculty, including: 

  • Jennifer Jacquet, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Nandini Thiyagarajan, Animal Studies Fellow
  • Yanoula Athanassakis, Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative

Event Information:

This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities and NYU Animal Studies. Please register via the event webpage