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American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Islands at the Edge: Climate Change, Globalization, and Island CulturePresented by American Museum of Natural History
Island cultures and ecosystems are already feeling the effects of climate change. Join Museum anthropologist Jenny Newell and Marshall Islands poet and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner to explore how life in the Pacific islands is changing, and what this might mean for all of us in the future. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with cash bar 21+ with ID Enter at 77th Street
New York Times public affairs reporter Sam Roberts covers the rich story of America's great metropolis in his latest book, A History of New York in 101 Objects. The story is told through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York. Roberts will be in conversation with writer Kevin Baker. This event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6pm. Books will be available for purchase with a 15% discount for those in attendance. If you have questions, contact Laura Lee at email@example.com or 212.431.0233 ext. 259.
In honor of New York Archives Week, discover the Museum Library’s rich history of scientific exploration from around the world. Rarely seen collections of field notes, films, photography, artwork, and memorabilia will be on display to tell the hidden stories behind the Museum’s world-famous dioramas and exhibitions. Watch early moving-image footage from historic Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia, in which a team led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first dinosaur eggs, or browse the original landscape studies painted in the field during Carl Akeley’s perilous expeditions to Africa. The Library staff will explain how these one-of-a kind objects are cared for and give hands- on demonstrations of the new Digital Special Collections, an online endeavor to make the Library’s extensive image collection available for research and reference. This event is part of the New York Archives Week, which runs October 6–12, 2014, an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public about the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York region. Free for Members or with Museum admission
Share the beauty and wonder of folding paper! This month, highly skilled teachers from OrigamiUSA will lead a “Special Folding Fun Session” at the Museum— up to 10 classes throughout the day with offerings for all folding levels, including a family class.
Many science fiction stories have captured our imagination with settings far beyond Earth and some are even built around real science. Thousands of exoplanets have been found - are any of them M-class? There’s water on Mars - could we colonize it? What can physics tell us about warp and FTL drives and where are those galaxies far, far away? Hayden Astronomers Brian Levine and Christina Pease, examine the universe as seen through the lens of science fiction. Come along and explore locations from various shows, books, and movies through the immersive visualizations in the Hayden Planetarium. Find out what has been discovered and what is yet to be revealed! Following the dome program join us for a cocktail hour in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, Astronomy on Tap’s DJ Carly Sagan will host some astro-tainment! Costumes encouraged, from red shirts to brown coats to small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
This unique after-hours program will thrill kids ages 6 to 13 and their caregivers. Break out your sleeping bags and experience the Museum like never before. During A Night at the Museum, the Museum’s popular sleepover program, guests will explore the halls of the Museum, including the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, Cullman Hall of the Universe, and the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, where they will find T. rex. Then, participants will settle down beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, around the African elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, or at the base of a volcano in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. $145 per person ($105 for Members)
The Center for Humans and Nature, the Hastings Center, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation invite you to a fascinating evening of dialogue tackling big questions that challenge us today and could change our future. This year, distinguished scholars and guests will explore two fundamental questions: “How far should we go to bring back lost species?” and “Mind and morality: where do they meet?” The closing discussion will be moderated by Krista Tippett, host of the enlightening radio show “On Being.”
Join astronaut, author, and YouTube sensation Chris Hadfield for a virtual orbit of the Earth as experienced from aboard the International Space Station and as documented in his latest book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. This planetary photo tour—punctuated with fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity—opens a singular window on our planet using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement and the power of the natural forces shaping our world. Hadfield will tell the story behind the photos, sharing his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography, and meteorology to explain why our planet looks the way it does and why we live where we do. $15 ($13.50 seniors, students) $12 for Members
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series: This Year in ConservationPresented by American Museum of Natural History
Join leading conservation professionals as they share the experiences and lessons that underscore their careers in marine conservation at the Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series, which was established in honor of Dr. Mack Lipkin, Sr., by his many friends and admirers. This year’s panelists include Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins, Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington; Ayana Johnson, Executive Director of the Waitt Institute; and John Cigliano, Associate Professor and Director of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Cedar Crest College.rofessor and Director of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Cedar Crest College. Free