Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series
Humans have become the dominant ecological and evolutionary force on earth. Nature is being affected by humanity, be it species, genes or ecosystems. To conserve nature, humans have been developing increasingly artificial methods, creating the tension of using the unnatural to conserve nature. New genetic technologies such as synthetic biology have many potential applications that may change human relations to the natural world including replacing natural products (e.g. vanilla, ambergris) with synthetic ones, reviving extinct species, and creating powerful tools to address wicked conservation problems. Creating a future for nature will require overcoming our reluctance to use technology to save nature.
Kent H. Redford is Principal at Archipelago Consulting based in Portland, Maine. Archipelago Consulting was designed to help individuals and organizations improve their practice of conservation. Prior to Archipelago Consulting, Kent spent 14 years at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York and five years in The Nature Conservancy. He started his career with a decade on the faculty at University of Florida. Kent’s interests lie in wildlife, parks and the intersection of novel technologies and the future of conservation
David Biello, The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age (Scribner, 2016)
5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland Campus)