Evening Lecture: Deep Wild vs. Modern Tribalism with Jon Turk
April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$5 – $10
Around 70,000 years ago, in the early pre-history of humankind, extreme and prolonged drought in East Africa reduced the population of Homo sapiens to near extinction. Our tool technology was primitive and we were too weak and slow to compete effectively on the harsh, dry savanna. In Deep Wild vs Modern Tribalism, Jon Turk draws from history and his own explorations in remote corners of the globe to understand how our intimate knowledge of the environment, combined with ceremony and mythology, gave us the cutting edge to thrive…and how these fundamental survival instincts have been distorted by 21st-century tribalism.
Jon Turk earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1971 and was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Between these bookends, Jon co-authored the first college-level environmental science textbook in North America, followed by 26 additional texts. He has kayaked around Cape Horn and across the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska, mountain biked across the northern Gobi in Mongolia, and made numerous first ski descents and first rock climbing ascents around the globe. During extended travel in northeast Siberia, Jon’s worldview was altered by Moolynaut, a Siberian shaman. Jon has published four books about these adventures: Cold Oceans (HarperCollins), In the Wake of the Jomon (McGraw Hill), The Raven’s Gift (St Martin’s Press), and Crocodiles and Ice (Oolichan Press).
Cost: $10 for non-members; $5 for MNHC members and students.