Panel Discussion on Next of Kin: Seeing Distinction through the Artist's Lens


Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Sable from the Next of Kin exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Panel Discussion

Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and History of Art and Architecture; Director of Graduate Studies, Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University

Christina Seely, Artist and Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Dartmouth College

Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science; Director, Institute of Arctic Studies, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Moderated by Edward Morris, Artist; Professor of Practice, Department of Transmedia; Co-Director of The Canary Lab, Syracuse University; Co-Director of The Canary Project

How do we understand complex ecological issues such as climate change and species extinction?

What role do the arts play in this understanding, compared to—or in collaboration with—the sciences? What is the role of empathy or belief, as opposed to knowledge? This interdisciplinary panel discussion will explore these important questions within the context of the new HMNH exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, which uses special photography techniques, lighting and sound design, and specimens of extinct or endangered animals from Harvard collections to evoke empathy with our “next of kin.”

Program attendees are invited to a view the exhibition, Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, during special gallery hours, 5:00-6:00 pm. Enter the building through either the main museum doors (26 Oxford Street, open until 6:00 pm) or through the Geological Lecture Hall doors (24 Oxford Street). There will also be an opportunity to see the the exhibition following the lecture.

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Related exhibition: Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University