PORTLAND — Humans have become the dominant ecological and evolutionary force on earth, affecting species, genes and ecosystems. To protect the natural world from our increasingly powerful effect on it, we must embrace new technologies — including artificial ones.
So says Kent Redford, Ph.D., who will kick off the University of New England Center for Global Humanities’ Spring 2018 lecture series with “Conserving Nature in an Unnatural World” on Monday January 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion on the UNE Portland Campus.
The lecture will examine the deep-seated reluctance many environmentalists have to embrace unnatural means to safeguard nature, and explain how new genetic technologies like synthetic biology have the potential to forever change our relationship with nature.
Redford is principal at Portland-based Archipelago Consulting, which helps individuals and organizations improve their practice of conservation. Previously, Redford spent 14 years at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York and five years at The Nature Conservancy. He started his career with a decade on the faculty of the University of Florida. He has helped author and edit nine books, numerous working papers and over 100 scientific articles, and has consulted with numerous foundations, the World Bank and other conservation organizations.
This is the sixth lecture of the 2017-2018 academic year for the Center for Global Humanities. In total, nine scholars will visit this academic year, presenting lectures that are free, open to the public, and streamed live online.
For more information, please visit: http://www.une.edu/calendar/2018/conserving-nature-unnatural-world
About the Center for Global Humanities
The Center for Global Humanities offers lectures by leading scholars to help us better understand the challenges besetting our civilization and outline new solutions for nations and peoples to live together without prejudice. Global in perspective, the Center’s lectures are streamed live on the Internet, allowing our speakers to answer questions from any country. Because the Center believes in the vital necessity of a humanities culture to civic and democratic life, it works closely with the local community to encourage reading, discussion, and debate. The Center was founded in 2009 by UNE scholar Anouar Majid, Ph.D., who serves as its director.
About the University of New England
The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions. UNE. Innovation for a Healthier Planet. Visit http://www.une.edu