Biodiversity at Twenty-Five—A Series of Workshops
Contrary to popular thinking, biodiversity is not always good for conservation.
Since its coinage in 1986, the concept of biodiversity has emerged as a powerful substitute for conservation goals. But the difficulties of defining and measuring biodiversity, combined with growing evidence that it does not always serve conservation, suggests that we must rethink our understanding biodiversity.
Brendan Bohannan, Nicolae Morar and Ted Toadvine have organized “Biodiversity at Twenty-Five: The Problem of Ecological Proxy Values,” a series of free interdisciplinary workshops on biodiversity, for the public and students and faculty from biology, philosophy and environmental studies. For each workshop, the group will host a renowned biodiversity scholar:
- “Can Biodiversity Ground Normative Truths?” featuring Donald Maier, runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes Auditorium, 1615 E. 13th Ave., Eugene. Maier is the author of “What’s So Good About Biodiversity: A Call for Better Reasoning About Nature’s Value.”
- “10 Things You Can Do for Biodiversity,” featuring David Hooper, runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 12, also in the Jaqua auditorim. Hooper is a biologist at Western Washington University.
- Kim Sterelny, an Australian philosopher, will speak in May, scheduling to be determined. Sterelny is a professor of philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington.
For more information, contact Nicolae Morar. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance.
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