Marcia Bjornerud: Timefulness @ SFJAZZ Center
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm

The Long Now Foundation’s Seminars About Long-term Thinking presents:

Marcia Bjornerud: Timefulness

We need a poly-temporal worldview to embrace the overlapping rates of change that our world runs on, especially the huge, powerful changes that are mostly invisible to us.

Geologist Marcia Bjornerud teaches that kind of time literacy. With it, we become at home in the deep past and engaged with the deep future. We learn to “think like a planet.”

As for climate change… “Dazzled by our own creations,” Bjornerud writes, “we have forgotten that we are wholly embedded in a much older, more powerful world whose constancy we take for granted…. Averse to even the smallest changes, we have now set the stage for environmental deviations that will be larger and less predictable than any we have faced before.”

A professor of geology and environmental studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Marcia Bjornerud is author of Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World (2018) and Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth (2005).

Doors open at 7:00pm

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After Hours: The Last Butterflies with Nick Haddad @ Bell Museum
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening at the museum, open until 8:30 pm for this After Hours event. Whether you’re sketching, photographing, painting, or coloring, let inspiration be your guide as you curate your evening from a host of activities, including a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium or tonight’s special talk. Weather permitting, telescope observation will be offered on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck.

Also, join guest makers Jonathan Koffel and Karen Haselmann of UMN Libraries in Solution Studio for an AR/VR playground.

Activities free with gallery admission. Planetarium ticket fees apply.

Special Guests: Ecologist Nick Haddad

Cover of The Last Butterflies and photo of author Nick HaddadNick Haddad will hold a book talk and signing in the Nucleus, beginning at 7 pm.

Most of us have heard of such popular butterflies as the Monarch or Painted Lady. But what about the Fender’s Blue? Or the St. Francis’ Satyr? Because of their extreme rarity, these butterflies are not well-known, yet they are remarkable species with important lessons to teach us. The Last Butterflies spotlights the rarest of these creatures―some numbering no more than what can be held in one hand. Drawing from his own first-hand experiences, Nick Haddad explores the challenges of tracking these vanishing butterflies, why they are disappearing, and why they are worth saving. He also provides startling insights into the effects of human activity and environmental change on the planet’s biodiversity.

Nick Haddad is a professor and senior terrestrial ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology and the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Global History Workshop – A World Divided by Eric D. Weitz @ 210 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This workshop will focus on Prof. Weitz’s forthcoming book, A World Divided The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States (link is external)(Princeton University Press, September 2019).

About A World Divided:

A global history of human rights in a world of nation-states that grant rights to some while denying them to others

Once dominated by vast empires, the world is now divided into close to 200 independent countries with laws and constitutions proclaiming human rights—a transformation that suggests that nations and human rights inevitably developed together. But the reality is far more problematic, as Eric Weitz shows in this compelling global history of the fate of human rights in a world of nation-states.

Through vivid histories drawn from virtually every continent, A World Divideddescribes how, since the eighteenth century, nationalists have struggled to establish their own states that grant human rights to some people. At the same time, they have excluded others through forced assimilation, ethnic cleansing, or even genocide. From Greek rebels, American settlers, and Brazilian abolitionists in the nineteenth century to anticolonial Africans and Zionists in the twentieth, nationalists have confronted the question, Who has the “right to have rights?” A World Divided tells these stories in colorful accounts focusing on people who were at the center of events. And it shows that rights are dynamic. Proclaimed originally for propertied white men, rights were quickly demanded by others, including women, American Indians, and black slaves.

A World Divided also explains the origins of many of today’s crises, from the existence of more than 65 million refugees and migrants worldwide to the growth of right-wing nationalism. The book argues that only the continual advance of international human rights will move us beyond the quandary of a world divided between those who have rights and those who don’t.

Eric D. Weitz is Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy and A Century of Genocide. He lives in Princeton and New York City.