March 29, 2006

Sound and Science Monday, April 3, 7pm

The Lang Auditorium
Department of Film and Media Studies
Hunter College

In a brief article titled ‘Chilling’, in The Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker magazine, issue of March 20, environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert made the point that we are responding to crucial information on global warming with dangerous inaction.

In part, she wrote:

“In January, researchers at NASA’S Goddard Institute for Space Studies concluded that 2005 had been the hottest year on record, and, in February, a team of scientists from NASA and the University of Kansas announced that the flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland had more than doubled over the past decade. Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that the mountain pine beetle, a pest once kept in check by winter cold, has decimated huge swaths of forest in western Canada. Officials with the Canadian Forest Service say that the beetle has crossed the Rockies and they fear that it will soon start eating its way east.”

David Dunn

Composer and sound artist David Dunn will begin with a brief statement that frames his current thinking about how the arts, and sound art and music in particular, can contribute to an art/science dialog and environmental awareness/problem solving.

He will then present examples of his work in pine beetle research and recordings.

David Dunn, Jim Tolisano, and James Danoff-Burg

David Dunn, Jim Tolisano, and James Danoff-Burg will discuss how sound can help us to know our world.

Jim Tolisano is Chair of Global Conservation Assistance (GCA), an international non-profit organization facilitating community driven biodiversity projects worldwide, and Science Director for S.O.S, a conservation biology field school based in Alamos, Mexico.

James Danoff-Burg is Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University, New York City, and he is on the steering committee for the New York Bioscape Initiative for Wildlife Trust.

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