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Tuesday World Forum: "Engaging the Anthropocene"

12:00-12:50 pm - George Wilson Hall
Mary-Lou TylerFeb 18, 2014

Dr. Amelia Moore, visiting professor of anthropology from the University of Miami, Department of Anthropology, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy will discuss: Why a concept know as "the Anthropocene" has captivated natural and social scientists, inspiring the launch of new publications, conference panels, and journals while tantalizing the popular media (including, notably, the NY Times and the Economist)?  In the language of geology, the term means "the age of man", referencing what many scientists see as the unprecedented rate and scope of planetary change driven by human activities since the industrial revolution.  The degree of change is said to be so extreme that geologists are now debating whether the Anthropocene should replace the stable Holocene as the planet's current geological classification.  This talk will introduce the Anthropocene as an emergent idea with broad significance for the sciences, humanities, public policy and public discourse.  Regardless of the term's formal adoption to the geological record, the Anthropocene is a powerful concept that represents an important shift in contemporary thinking about the relation of nature and culture.