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Diverse Forum Explores Questions Surrounding Cultural Impact of Extinction

Adriana Reyneri
(847) 835-6829, direct

Event Date: 
Friday, May 2, 2014
Release Date: 
Monday, February 24, 2014

GLENCOE, Ill. (February 24, 2014) – On the centennial anniversary of the death of "Martha," the last passenger pigeon, a group of writers, naturalists, and scientists will explore the impact of extinction beyond individual species, discussing the ripple effect of disappearing natural diversity on culture, food, and language. On May 2, 2014, speakers will address the question, "what do we lose biologically and socially when species become extinct and how can we as a society proactively respond in an effective and ethical way?" Speakers will also provide case studies of how some communities are preserving diversity, and explore issues related to the emerging possibility of de-extinction. The full-day forum, A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery, is sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Center for Humans and Nature.


Friday, May 2, 2014
9 a.m.  –  4:15 p.m.


Alsdorf Auditorium, Regenstein Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL


A full-day symposium exploring the ethical issues surrounding species loss and recovery, and the cultural destabilization that can result from extinction.


Advance registration required
Cost including lunch $35
No-lunch option$15


  • Diverse and well-regarded speakers and Q&A panel discussions will reflect on the possibilities of social and ecological recovery in what some describe as a new geological epoch, the “anthropocene.” Visit for a complete schedule.
  • Optional guided sound walk from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. through McDonald Woods led by Eric Leonardson, founder of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and executive director of the World Listening Project.

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