Attend the Forum on Ethics and Nature: A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery (May 2)

The Center for Humans and Nature and the Chicago Botanic Garden present this forum with a focus on the ethical dimensions of conservation issues.

Chicago Botanic Garden (photo by Jessie Crow Mermel)

Chicago Botanic Garden (photo by Jessie Crow Mermel)

The year 2014 is the centennial anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last passenger pigeon. The 2014 Forum on Ethics and Nature will mark this occasion by exploring the topic of extinction in non-obvious ways, balancing information and personal stories with ethical reflection about the possibilities of social and ecological recovery. Guiding questions to be addressed include, what are the new ecological realities in front of us? how do we respond to them with care?

Other topics include:

  • needed ethical deliberation about recovering species through various means (e.g., the current de-extinction “debate”)
  • the relationship between species extinction and the destabilization and loss of culture
  • establishing new relationships in order to work toward the recovery of cultural and biological diversity

This is a full-day symposium that features diverse and well-regarded speakers, panel Q & A discussions with our audience, and optional exploration activities at the Botanic Garden. The Forum on Ethics and Nature is a public event, attracting conservation practitioners and professionals, citizen-scientists and community volunteers, college and graduate students, and diverse people interested in the Forum theme. Students can register for free!

Friday, May 2, 2014
9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Regenstein Center, Alsdorf Auditorium

Regular Registration fee: $35 lunch option/$15 no-lunch option

Click here to register for the symposium (To register by phone, call 847-835-8261)
Click here to register for the bird sound walking tour
Click here to check out our previous Chicago Regional Forums on Ethics and Sustainability.

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