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Great Debate: Extinctions - Tragedy to Opportunity

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Date: 
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
Participants: 
Svante Paabo, Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Diane Ackerman, Michael Crow, Ian Tattersall, Neil Gershenfeld, Lawrence Krauss.

Blog: Review, Extinctions to Tragedy, February 19, 2015

ASU News: ASU Origins Great Debate to focus on power of Extinctions, February 3, 2015

Some say that we are in the midst of the 6th great extinction on Earth?  Is this true? 

Join us as we explore the nature of extinction, from biology, and the great past extinctions, to culture, language, technology and the future of both our species and the Earth's biosphere,  and ask whether, and to what extent extinction required for progress, and what we can do to preserve existing biodiversity on our planet.

Join the Origins Project for an exciting Great Debate on extinctions, from the earliest events to the future of our species.  Extinctions: Tragedy to Opportunity will feature the sequencer of the neanderthal genome Svante Paabo, planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, ASU president Michael Crow, AMNH curator and athropologist Ian Tattersall, Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, and moderator and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss, and others.  

Tickets are $10 and $26, plus fees.  A limited number free student tickets are available at ASU Gammage Box Office with ASU ID.

Tickets are now available from ASU Gammage Box Office 480-965-3434 and Ticketmaster.com. The first 1,250 tickets are free to the ASU community with ASU ID, quantities limited, restrictions apply. Free tickets for the ASU community are available only at ASU Gammage Box office. If you are not local to the Phoenix Metro area, you can watch the live webcast of the event at http://www.ustream.tv/asutv.

This event is part of The Year of the Anthropocene event series. The Origins Project is happy to acknowledge our co-sponsors in The Year of the Anthropocene: The School of Life Sciences, The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, The School of Earth and Space Exploration, The Institute of Human Origins, The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative. For more information on The Year of the Anthropocene events, see origins.asu.edu/events.