May Talk: Why Natural History Matters More Than Ever
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 5th, video Conferencing Starting at 7 pm.
Speakers: Thomas L. Fleischner, Ph.D., Executive Director, Natural History Institute (Prescott, Arizona, USA)
Venue: Video conference via Zoom
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Synopsis of talks
Natural history—a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy—is the oldest continuous human tradition; there have never been people without natural history. Natural history provides the essential empirical foundation for natural sciences and for clarifying conservation priorities and strategy. No less importantly, it provides the basis for healthy human individuals and societies by embedding human experience in a larger context of connectedness. The passionate practice of natural history allows a falling-in-love with the world, and thus the motivation to care for it.
Tom Fleischner is the founder and Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, based in Prescott, Arizona, USA, whose mission is to provide leadership and resources for a revitalized practice of natural history that integrates art, science, and humanities to promote the health and well-being of humans and the rest of the natural world. He is Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where he taught in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program for 29 years, Past Chair of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology.