Lectures


IDENTIFYING VERSUS IDENTIFYING WITH: A BRIEF HISTORY OF BIRDWATCHING, BIRD STUDY, AND BIRDING IN AMERICA

[b]John C. Rumm[/b]John C. Rumm

By John C. Rumm
Thursday, November 8, 7pm

Do you consider yourself a “birder” or a “birdwatcher?” As used today, the terms have different connotations. “Birders” are considered hardcore and dedicated to keeping (and growing) their bird lists. “Birdwatchers,” meanwhile, are viewed as less driven and serious, and more passive about seeing birds. In reality, the situation is more complex. Drawn from extensive research, historian John C. Rumm traces the changing meaning of the term “birdwatching” and the rise and fall of “bird study” from the late 1800s to the closing decades of the 20th century.

VISIONARY WOMEN: HOW RACHEL CARSON, JANE JACOBS, JANE GOODALL, AND ALICE WATERS CHANGED OUR WORLD

[b][i]Visionary Women[/i] by Andrea Barnet[/b][br]© Ecco 2018Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet
© Ecco 2018

By Andrea Barnet
Thursday, December 6, 7pm

In her new book Visionary Women, Andrea Barnet tells the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today: Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters. With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arcs of these women’s careers and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. Andrea Barnet is an author, journalist, and was a contributor to the New York Times Book Review for 25 years.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

Lectures are held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan (Google Map)

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