Treading Lightly Lecture Series: Treading Lightly in the Anthropocene
October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$5 – $10
From time immemorial, humans have found ways to explore, learn from, and connect with the natural world. We do this in a variety of ways, some of which leave more footprints than others. This year, our lecture series explores how we can study and observe the natural world while doing our best to minimize our impact. Join us as biologists, philosophers, conservationists, and more share their work and their views on how to learn from nature while treading lightly.
Our fifth speaker is Christopher Preston, professor of philosophy at the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of several books, including The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World. Much of his research connects to the idea of the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human influence is everywhere. He studies emerging technologies for their impact on the human-nature experience, as well as restoration and rewilding efforts.
Join us for Christopher’s lecture, Treading Lightly in the Anthropocene. The word Anthropocene often pops up alongside unpleasant-sounding concepts such as human domination and the end of nature. It’s true that, in the modern era, humans have taken a hefty toll on the natural world. How can we work to minimize our impact, when our impact is already so great?
Christopher invites us to consider the impacts of letting nature return through restoration and rewilding. The reintroduction of animals like grizzly bears, bison, and wolves means that, in some contexts, Montana’s wild nature may actually be starting to show signs of improvement. Christopher looks at how these examples of renewal fit with the traditional account of nature preservation and what they might mean for how we think about the surrounding landscape going forward. Join us for a dive into just what it means to tread lightly in the modern age.
Check out our full list of speakers and topics here.
Cost per lecture: $10; $5 MNHC members; FREE for high school and college students. Tickets will be available on August 1. Purchase tickets here.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor, the Good Food Store, and to the Dram Shop for sponsoring our lecture series!