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The Penguin’s Egg: Natural History Collections and Collectors as a Means of Understanding the World and What it Means to Be a Human Being

Join us as Stephen Loring, PhD. from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History explores how objects collected by Charles Darwin, by 19th century Smithsonian naturalists in Alaska and the Arctic, and by members of  Scott’s ill-fated Antarctica expedition, reflect as much on notions of humanity as they do on scientific discourse.  Understanding the Natural World, and Our Place In It” is the self-proclaimed vision and mission of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.  The NMNH is one of the world’s great repositories of natural and cultural heritage collections.  The collections shape the scientific understanding of the world.  Yet the collections are the result of human agency –the passion, curiosity and initiative of the scientist/collectors and cultural perceptions of what to collect. In exploring what is collected and categorized, we can gain insight into both culture and humanity.

  • Followed by a light reception
    Sponsored by Virginia Anthropology Society & the Arctic Culture Forum
Event Date: 
Thursday, 22 March 2012 - 4:00pm
Stephen Loring, PhD.
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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