Past is More than Prologue: Finding the Future of Science in Natural History Museums
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 7 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center 100
Refreshments and meet and greet to follow the program.
For over 150 years, the American Museum of Natural History has built a collection of more than 34 million objects and specimens that embody the history of our planet, its biology, and its culture. The collection also tells the story of difficult legacies of the ways humans have tried to make sense of the world, including the damaging science of eugenics and the painful history of colonialism. But new technologies in imaging, genomics, chemical analysis, and artificial intelligence can unlock insights into evolution, human health, the impact of climate change, and the loss of biodiversity, making the museum’s collection an invaluable resource for today’s most pressing scientific problems. Understanding the past through natural history collections, and sharing these collections through education and exhibition programs, may open the door to essential information for understanding and shaping our shared future.
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