National Museum of Natural History Symposium Takes a Look at How the Age of Man Has Created an Age of Change

. October 5, 2012

“The Anthropocene: Planet Earth in the Age of Humans,” will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

National Museum of Natural History

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP to to receive a ticket. Scientists agree that the tremendous scope of changes now occurring on the Earth—with their profound effects on plants, animals and natural habitats—is primarily the result of human activities. Geologists have proposed the term Anthropocene, or the “Age of Man,” for this new period in the history of the planet.

The primary talks of the symposium will address issues of global change from the perspectives of history, art, culture, philosophy, economics and science.

Each of the four lectures will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from astrophysicists, photography, geology, history, paleobiology and other fields. The speakers are:

Charles Mann, correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science and Wired magazines and author of several books, including 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Richard Alley, geosciences professor at Pennsylvania State University and author of Earth: The Operators’ Manual

Chris Jordan, Seattle-based artist and cultural activist

Sabine O’Hara, dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia
The public is invited to participate in the discussions. A full event program, including abstracts and bio sketches, can be downloaded from the website at

Category: Natural History

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