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Upcoming Activities

UPS Visiting Scholar Free Public Lecture with Patricia C. Wright, March 6, Tacoma

Monday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
University of Puget Sound Rotunda

"Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is known as a 'treasure island' for nature lovers. Isolated for 150 million years from other land masses, the bizarre plants, extraordinary animals, and contrasting habitats in Madagascar are found nowhere else. Unfortunately, this rich paradise for biodiversity is under severe threat. Madagascar contains a quarter of all the wild primates in the world, yet according to the latest IUCN tally, 94% of the lemurs are endangered, critically endangered or threatened, more than any other group of mammals. 95% of the forests have been burned and only 5% of the original habitats exist. The people are in trouble too. The World Bank reports that Madagascar is the 10th poorest country in the world because of the loss of natural resources and bad governance. Saving the remaining nature and growing the forests back are a challenge. I describe a successful 30-year-old truly integrated conservation and development project with a foundation in research. Accomplishing a “conservation hub” including a national park, a modern research station (Centre ValBio), ecotourism, conservation education, improved health, reforestation with endemic trees, environmental arts, biodiversity science, and local businesses has improved the lives and well being of people and wildlife around and in Ranomafana National Park. Protecting our distant relatives, Madagascar’s lemurs, into the future, may offer genetic insights into medical solutions for human diseases including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cyanide poisoning, obesity, and osteoporosis. There are many reasons that the international community should preserve the living treasures of Madagascar."

This lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in UPS lots and on nearby streets.

Guided tour of Seattle Art Museum exhibit "Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection," Seattle

Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle

You are invited to a private, docent-led tour of this special exhibit featuring 39 significant European and American landscape paintings from the last 400 years. See nature anew through the trained eyes of fine artists. Advance reservations and payment are required, and must be received by March 6. The cost includes the docent fee: $26 for adults; $24 for seniors (62 and over); $18 for students over 12, including full-time college students; and $5 for SAM members or for children 12 or younger.

You are welcome to bring guests. Please include the names of all attendees with your payment. SAM members need to provide their full name and SAM membership number.

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We will purchase the tickets for all tour participants. Please meet on Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at the main ticketing area at the downtown Seattle Art Museum. The tour will begin promptly at 10:15. For additional information, please see the Seeing Nature site. Your admission ticket to SAM will be valid for the entire day. If you have any questions, please call Linda Willenberg at (425) 641-1606 or send her an e-mail.

Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities with Alondra Nelson on March 8 and Lorraine Daston on April 19, Seattle

Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, University of Washington

Alondra Nelson, who will speak on "DNA, Race, and Reparations," is dean of social science and professor of sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016) and the influential Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011), which was recognized with multiple scholarly awards.

Lorraine Daston, who will speak on "Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules," is director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and visiting professor of social thought and history at the University of Chicago. A widely respected historian of science, Daston has published on the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, objects of scientific inquiry, the moral authority of nature, and the history of scientific objectivity.

Learn more about the Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities. PSA-PBK is a co-sponsor of both talks.

Guided tour of the Center for Wooden Boats, April 22, Seattle

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.
The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street (South Lake Union), Seattle

Please join us for a guided tour of the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at the south end of Lake Union. The tour will be given by Elsie Hulsizer, a PSA-PBK, and by CWB staff. The tour of CWB's campus (their headquarters) will include the CWB Boathouse in Waterway 4 (next to Lake Union Park), including the gallery and gift shop; the CWB boatbuilding shop in Waterway 4; the floating docks and the boats in Waterway 4; and the new Wagner Education Center still under construction next door in Lake Union Park. During the tour, CWB representatives would describe CWB's operations, including their youth programs, their job skills programs, and their adult maritime skills programs. You can learn more about the Center for Wooden Boats by looking through their 2017 program catalog. The guides will also briefly describe CWB's operations at Cama Beach State Park and the north end of Lake Union. After the tour, you can enjoy renting a boat to explore Lake Union.

This tour is appropriate for families with children, and guests are welcome. The tour is free; however, donation boxes are on site if you would like to make a donation to support the programs of the Center for Wooden Boats.

South Lake Union has great public transit access. Information about parking and transit is on the CWB website. Please RSVP to Linda Willenberg if you plan to attend. She can be reached at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

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