“Engaging the Public in Natural History Conservation”
Presentations and a Discussion Panel
October 27, 2017
2017 ICOM NATHIST Conference
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
With so much of the global environment in peril, public action is at both the root of the cause and the basis of efforts to protect it. Any serious attempt at affecting a positive, broad-scale environmental change must therefore involve engaging the public. This very special event will feature four nationally important figures on this important topic, sharing their experiences and inspiring us with their passion for protecting nature.
Stephanie Arne is the first ever female Wild Guide of the popular web series Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, following in the prestigious footsteps of Marlin Perkins the show’s first host back in 1963. She is also the co-founder of the Creative Animal Foundation’s nationwide tiny house tour, which plans to inspire 1 million Americans to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Beka Economopoulos is co-founder of Not An Alternative, a collective working at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. The collective created The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum highlighting the socio-political forces that shape nature and champions bold climate action.
Emily Graslie is an American science communicator and YouTube educator. She currently stars in her own educational YouTube channel called The Brain Scoop, run out of Chicago’s Field Museum.
Lynn Johnson is an American photographer known for her contributions to National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Life among others. She is in the process of developing photographic workshops specifically for women, who, she believes, can be valuable change makers using the visual language to address social justice and environmental issues.
Each distinguished speaker will give a short presentation and the session will finish with a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Erin Peters, assistant curator of science and research at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and lecturer in curatorial studies in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.