“Natural History in a World After Truth?”
How should we as natural historians 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?
Dr. Emlyn Koster–director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a board member of ICOM’s Committee on Museums and Collections of Natural History
Dr. Kirk Johnson–director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Dr. Douglas Jones–director of the Florida Museum of Natural History and president of the American Alliance of Museums
Dr. Christian Koeberl–professor of impact research and planetary geology at the University of Vienna, Austria and director general of the Natural History Museum in Vienna
Larry Schweiger–president and CEO of PennFuture
Super Science Saturday
Visitors can explore a topic in-depth through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, family friendly activities, and more. Super Science Saturdays are free with museum admission and are from noon–4 p.m.
Super Science Saturday: Boo-seum Trick-or-Treat
October 28, Noon—4 p.m.
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
We Are Nature
Explore Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s exhibition, We Are Nature, which will feature pieces of the museum’s hidden collection in its exploration of the Anthropocene.