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Extinction! Fear and Hope at the La Brea Tar Pits
A discussion presented in conjunction with the UCLA IOES
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 | 6-8:30 pm

Species extinctions happen routinely. And evolution can't go ahead without them. Charles Darwin was the first to grasp that more adapted species emerge as less adapted species die out. But mass extinctions, which happen only rarely and wipe out large numbers of species regardless of how adapted they are, pose a different kind of challenge. Today, scientists have rung the alarm that a sixth mass extinction on planet Earth may be underway — this one caused by none other than us! What better place to think about the role of extinction in the past, present, and future than the La Brea Tar Pits, home to several charismatic but extinct LA megafauna? What does the disappearance of the saber-toothed cat, the dire wolf, and the wooly mammoth — all found mired in the tar pits along with other species — tell us about LA’s ever-changing climate and environment? How do the stories we tell about extinct animals and plants, and the museum exhibitions, images and films we use to remember them, shape science, laws, and policies to protect endangered species?

Join us for a lively conversation looking at endangered plants and animals, extinction, and the global consequences of mass extinction and come away inspired with new visions and hopes for the future.
 
The discussion will include:

  • Stewart Brand, environmental author, co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and ad advocate of de-extinction
  • Ursula Heise, UCLA Professor of English, LENS co-founder and author of the new book Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species
  • Dr. Emily Lindsey, Assistant Curator and Excavation Site Director of the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
  • Moderated by Jon Christensen, environmental journalist, science writer and historian with UCLA. Co-founder of the Laboratory of Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) Panelists:


Cost:

FREE. Advanced reservation required. - SOLD OUT


Schedule:

6:00pm: Doors open, tours available
7:00pm: Program begins
8:30pm: Program concludes