Inner Life of Animals

with Carl Safina
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 •
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are no longer being accepted.

What goes on in the other minds that share our planet? What do animals think and feel? It’s helpful to remember that humans are animals, and while we cannot see a mind, we can examine brains, consider evolution, and witness the working of minds in the logic of behaviors. Many other animals have cultures, bodies of knowledge learned from parents and elders and passed along over generations. Culture is a form of inheritance that is not genetic. But it has major implications for evolution and for conservation of life on Earth.

Carl Safina is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University.  His work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards as well as the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. Safina hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His books include Beyond Words, Song for the Blue Ocean, and The Eye of the Albatross. His next book, Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, will be published in April 2020.

Einstein and Relativity

with Brian Greene
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 •
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Apply or nominate a worthy colleague here
Deadline: September 29, 2020.

Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs revolutionized our conception of the universe. In this class, which presumes no background in the subject, we will explore visually how his insights transformed our understanding of space and time.

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics. His most recent book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, was published in February 2020.

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