Natural History in a World after Truth Panel Discussion
How should we as natural historians and scientists phrase our messages when science as a discipline is coming into question? This panel of highly distinguished thinkers will explore the challenges and opportunities of conducting research and conserving natural heritage in a world where scientific observation must fight for credibility with social media, while the planet and its ecosystems are becoming increasingly imperiled. What are the roles, potentials, and constraints for natural history museums and for conservation in general over the next decades?
Moderator: Dr. Emlyn Koster, Director, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Board Member, ICOM NATHIST
Panelists: Dr. Kirk Johnson, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Dr. Douglas S. Jones, Director, Florida Museum of Natural History; Professor of Biology and Geology, University of Florida; President, American Alliance of Museums
Dr. Christian Koeberl, Director General, Natural History Museum, Vienna; Professor of Impact Research and Planetary Geology, University of Vienna, Austria
Larry Schweiger, President and CEO, PennFuture
We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene
We Are Nature explores the interconnected relationship between humans and our environment. A first of its kind in North America, utilizing interactive exhibits, innovative gallery design, and specimens from our hidden collection, this exhibition takes an unflinching exploration of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is the current geological era in which humans are making a profound impact on the geological strata. While the term itself is still being debated by geologists, the museum is embracing it as a social and cultural tool for exploring the broad sum effect humans are having on the planet.
Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw the Line!
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is hosting the traveling exhibition Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw the Line!, which explores the struggle of Indigenous leadership to protect water, land, and our collective future.
For the last five years, the House of Tears Carvers and members of the Lummi Nation have traveled across North America with a hand-carved totem pole to raise awareness about threats to the environment and public health. As the pole travels, it draws a line between dispersed but connected concerns, helping to build an unprecedented alliance of tribal and non-tribal communities as they stand together to advocate for a sustainable relationship between humanity and the natural world.
The Lummi, also known as Lhaq’temish or People of the Sea, are the original inhabitants of Washington’s northernmost coast and southern British Columbia.
In this exhibition, the totem pole enters a museum for the first time, where it is paired with a collection of artifacts collected along the route of the Totem Pole Journey. Charged with the stories of resilience they have picked up on their journey across the country, they connect the museum—and the museum public—to the living universe in which they are enmeshed.
Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw the Line! was created by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation and The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum initiated by Not An Alternative, a collective of artists, scientists and scholars.
Super Science Saturday: Boo-Seum Trick or Treat
Join us in investigating the creepy and awesome creatures that call the museum home! Meet live animals, examine amazing specimens, and participate in fun, hands-on activities. Trick-or-treat around dinosaurs and mummies at stations throughout the museum, and wear a costume* to receive a small prize!
*Please, no masks, weapons, or backpacks
Live Animal Presentation with Stephanie Arne
2 – 3 p.m.
Stephanie Arne, first female host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom show, will do a one-hour animal presentation.
She will bring five or more live animals to present with on stage of the Carnegie Music Hall and share interesting educational and conservational messaging.
In addition, she will also speak about her career journey and how she ended up with her current amazing job.
Free with museum admission. To learn more about Stephanie or Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, visit www.wildkingdom.com.
Before the Flood Presented by National Geographic: A Screening and Discussion with Producer and Director Fisher Stevens
4 – 4:30 p.m.
The documentary film, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society we can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. Before the Flood was directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and stars Academy Award®-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists, and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Before a free screening of the film, Stevens will speak on a panel with museum professionals. Karl Burkart, the director of innovation, media, and technology at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will introduce the film. A free screening of the film will follow at 4:30 p.m.