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“Why Prevent Extinction?” Conference: Day 1

May 30, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join the Nature Museum for this two-day conference as we debate the deceptively simple question:
Why Prevent Extinction?

2014 is the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, once the most numerous bird on the planet. Though extinctions had happened before, this event initiated a now global awareness of the power humans have to cause or prevent extinction.

This conference has been convened as an attempt to answer the deceptively simple question “Why prevent extinction?” in a way that is both scientifically rigorous and accessible to the general public.  We have invited  popular scientists, philosophers, artists and others to debate the rationale of preventing extinction through panel discussions, public presentations, and a field trip. The discussion will begin from four perspectives: utility, aesthetics, ethics, and who cares? We also invite your input using #PreventExtinction on Twitter (@NatureMuseum) and on Facebook (@theNatureMuseum).



May 30, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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