Thinking Extinction

A project by Brett Buchanan

On November 14-16, 2013, Laurentian University hosted an international symposium on endangered species, extinction, and biodiversity. Brett Buchanan, Gillian Crozier, and Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde have were awarded a SSHRCConnections Grant to fund scholars from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and across Canada, to speak on these pressing environmental topics, and to do so from a range of perspectives across the humanities and sciences. Sponsorship also came from Canada Research Chairs, LU’s Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, LU’s Dean of Sciences and Engineering, LU’s Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity, LU’s Research, Development, and Creativity Office, LU’s International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Human Sciences, Wildlife Preservation Canada, Minding Animals, and more.

The Extinction Symposium was tied in with the annual visit of multiple award-winning author Margaret Atwood. Along with her partner Graeme Gibson, Atwood was in Sudbury to promote her latest novel, MaddAddam, the third in her “extinction” trilogy. Both Atwood and Gibson participated in a round table discussion on extinction and the biodiversity crisis.

Coverage of the event, as well as blog posts, can be found here.


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