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An Evening With Ruth DeFries: How Humans Innovate in the Face of Natural Disasters

Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:30 pm

The National Museum of Natural History invites you to attend an evening with MacArthur Genius Award-winner and environmental geographer Ruth DeFries, an expert in the study of human impact on our environment. In her latest book, The Big Ratchet, DeFries unfolds the tale of technologies and innovations--big and small--that propelled our species from hunters and...

Science on a Sphere

Friday, October 6, 2017
1:00 pm

Dive into dynamic visualizations on "Science on a Sphere" to explore the connections between the ocean, climate, and human activity.  Hear how communities are making a difference.

Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series: Dead Birds

Friday, October 6, 2017
2:30 pm

Dead Birds (1963, 84 min. Papua New Guinea) by Robert Gardner. Shot by Robert Gardener in 1963 as part of the Harvard-Peabody Expedition, the film explores the lives of the Dani peoples of West New Guinea. Through an exploration the lives of Weyak, a farmer and warrior, and Pua, a young swineherd, the film illuminates many aspects of Dani life. Discussion to follow...

Encountering Human Evolution Across the United States: A Panel Discussion

Friday, October 6, 2017
2:30 pm

From 2015 to 2017, nineteen public libraries across the country displayed the exhibition “Exploring Human Origins” based on the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins. Traveling to each community, the Museum’s Human Origins team introduced public audiences to the topic of human evolution. Representatives from four of the libraries will discuss how this complex and challenging subject was received...

SEM Sunday - Amazing Butterflies: The science behind their beautiful color

Sunday, October 8, 2017
10:00 am

Blue Morpho butterflies are beautiful creatures full of secrets. Join us while we uncover their secrets using scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) with mind-blowing magnifications and simple science concepts.
Offered in English and Spanish.

Mariposas maravillosas: La ciencia detras de su hermoso color (en español)
La mariposa Morpho azul es una hermosa...

Science on a Sphere

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 pm

Dive into dynamic visualizations on "Science on a Sphere" to explore the connections between the ocean, climate, and human activity.  Hear how communities are making a difference.

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