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by BWW News Desk
The American Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with Poets House, presents Nature and Poetry: A Conversation with E.O. Wilson and Robert Hass on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 pm.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, author of What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, engages in conversation with internationally acclaimed entomologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth. Sharing the stage for the third time in the course of their careers, these two extraordinary thinkers and writers discuss how art and science mix in their respective fields to raise awareness of the world around us. Hass and Wilson examine how the close observation of nature, which is central to both poetry and science, can inspire the conservationist in all of us.
Following the talk, Hass and Wilson will be signing their latest books, Hass’s What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World and Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth.
This program is part of the yearlong celebration of the reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall at the American Museum of Natural History with a slate of special events that commemorate Roosevelt’s foundational role in the American conservation movement and illuminate his impact on conservation policies and conservation science today. Inspired by Roosevelt’s passion for engaging the public in natural history, these programs—including workshops, family series, symposia, and lectures by notable scientists and nature writers—encourage a greater understanding of urban biodiversity, contemporary conservation practices, and the importance of natural science, and will inspire the naturalist in all of us.