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Science, Conservation, Inspiration

April 22, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Performances by leading artists, thinkers and influencers open and close this session. After a soundscape performance by Leah Barclay, the session opens with National Geographic Society's President and CEO, Gary E. Knell. Smithsonian’s Steve Monfort and Earth Optimism Advisory Group Chair Tom Lovejoy will host a series of launches announced by Conservation Commons, Cornell, UNEP, Conservation@Museums Collaborative, Resolve, Half-Earth Project, Future Earth and Roadmap.org to build and scale up conservation success. Earth Optimism co-chair Nancy Knowlton, will introduce a series of legendary artists, including Maya Lin, James Prosek, and Carolyn Finney. The session closes with a performance by JAYO, Rap Artist & Teens Dream Ambassador from London.

Moderator / Introduction: Steve Monfort & Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian

Speakers / Performers: Tom Lovejoy, Chair, Earth Optimism Advisory Group, Leah Barclay, Australia Forum for Acoustic Ecology; Carolyn Finney, professor, author; Pamela Henson, Smithsonian; JAYO, Rap Artist & Teens Dream ambassador; Gary E. Knell, National Geographic Society; Erik Solheim, UN Environmental Program; Maya Lin, What is Missing? Foundation and GREENPRINT; James Prosek, Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale

Speakers

Nancy Knowlton

Nancy Knowlton

Sant Chair of Marine Science, Smithsonian

Thomas Lovejoy

Thomas Lovejoy

University Professor George Mason University and Senior Fellow United Nations Foundation

Steven Monfort

Steven Monfort

John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Deputy Director, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay

Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology

Nora Bynum

Nora Bynum

Rowe Family Director, Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum

Eric Dinerstein

Eric Dinerstein

Director, WildTech

Paula Ehrlich

Paula Ehrlich

President & CEO, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney

Professor and Author, Black Faces, White Spaces

Pamela Henson

Pamela Henson

Historian, Smithsonian Archives

JAYO

JAYO

Rap Artist and Ambassador, Teens Dream

Gary E. Knell

Gary E. Knell

President and CEO of the National Geographic Society

Gary Krupnick

Gary Krupnick

Research Scientist, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Maya Lin

Maya Lin

Artist and Environmentalist, Founder, What is Missing? and GREENPRINT

David Lodge

David Lodge

Director, Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Ana Luz Porzecanski

Ana Luz Porzecanski

Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

James Prosek

James Prosek

Painter; Founder of World Trout

Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim

Executive Director; UN Environment Program

Eleanor Jane Sterling

Eleanor Jane Sterling

Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Joshua Tewksbury

Joshua Tewksbury

Future Earth Global Hub Director, Colorado and Executive Editor of Anthropocene Innovation in the Human Age