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2018 History of Biology Seminar Readings & Session Outlines

**Readings will be added as received from speakers

**NOTE: For Monday, May 21st ~ 4 pm session, participants must purchase the book, "Dreaming the Biosphere", prior to arrival at the MBL. Amazon link below.

Thursday, May 17                                                                  updated: 5-16-2018

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
History of the Artificial-Natural Distinction in Ecology – Andrew Inkpen ~ Session Outline
"What Does It Mean to Be a Naturalist at the End of the Twentieth Century?"
by Peter Grant

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Nature as a Garden - John Beatty ~ Session Outline
"The Idea of a Garden"
Chapter 10 of Second Nature by Michael Pollan

Additional Readings (not required)
"Changes in the Land" by William Cronon
"The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature"
by Willian Cronon
"Rambunctious Garden: saving Nature in a Post-Wild World" by Emma Marris
"Only Man's Presence Can Save Nature"
moderated by Michael Pollan
"The Trouble With Cronon"
by Bill Willers
"The Ecology of Order and Chaos" by Donald Worster
"Chaos Theory Seeps Into Ecology Debate, Stirring Up a Tempest" by Dennis Farney

Friday, May 18

11:00 - 12:30 PM
Zoos as Engineered Nature – Karen Rader ~ Session Outline 

"Technolgy at the Zoo: The Influence of a Touchscreen Computer on Orangutans and Zoo Visitors", by Bonnie Perdue
"When Nature Is the Zoo: Vision and Power in the Art and Science of Natural History", by Gregg Mitman
Presentation and Bibliography

2:00 - 4:00 PM                
Conservation and Preservation – Curt Meine ~ Session Outline
"Biodiversity Conservation"
by Curt Meine
"What is Conservation Science"
by Peter Karieva and Michelle Marvier
"What's so new about the 'New Conservation'?" by Curt Meine

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Eugenics and Conservation - Garland Allen at the MBL Michael Mizell Lecture Series
Lecture Presentation
"'Culling the Herd': Eugenics and the Conservation Movement in the United States, 1900-1940"
by Garland Allen
"Men as Trees Walking" by Theodore Roosevelt, "Rural Life," 1910

Saturday, May 19

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Agriculture and Nationalism – Tiago Saraiva ~ Session Outline
"Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism"
by Tiago Saraiva
Colonialism as an engineering project presentation


Monday, May 21                      

9:00 AM - 10:30 PM           
History and Restoration Ecology – Anita Guerrini
Animals and Ecological Scienceby Anita Guerrini
"Invasive Species will save us: The new way we must think about the environment now" by Fred Pearce
"Viewing invasive species removal in a whole-ecosystem context" by Zavaleta, Hobbs and Mooney

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
Sculpting Evolution, Gene Drives, Local issues – Kevin Esvelt
"Conservation demands safe gene drives"
by Esvelt and Gemmell
"Gene editing can drive science to openness" by Kevin Esvelt
"Regulating gene drives"
by Esvelt et al

2:00 - 4:00 PM
From Rewilding to Dreaming the Biosphere– Luis Campos
No readings are assigned for this session

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Discussion of Dreaming the Biosphere by Rebecca Reider – Luis Campos to moderate
All participants should read the book prior to the session.

Tuesday, May 22

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM           
Art, Speculative Design, and the Engineering of Life – Daisy Ginsberg ~ Session Outline  
"Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming" by Dunne and Raby
"Designing Autonomy: Opportunities for New Wildness in the Anthropocene" by Cantrell, Martin, and Ellis

Recommended to skim
CODEX Seraphinianus

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Geo-engineering the biosphere – James Fleming
"Terraforming Planets, Geoengineering Earth"
by James Fleming
"The Climate Engineers"
by James Fleming
Presentation Powerpoint

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Engineering Other Worlds – Kathryn Denning ~ Session Outline
"Planetary Protection is a Wicked Problem"
by Mark Kaufman
"When Biospheres Collide"
by Michael Meltzer
Session Presentation


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