Conservation is something humans do. A million years ago, our early ancestors were repairing handaxes. Five thousand years ago, Egyptians buried their rulers in elaborate containers, in spaces that also held precious objects, inside gigantic and impenetrable pyramids designed to last for all time. Preservation (of self) is a concept at the heart of both modern political and modern biological thought. Nineteenth-century physicists began describing the workings of nature in terms of conservation of energy / force / momentum. It was at just this time that the conservation of art objects took on a specific shape with specific practices and even norms. In this series of conversations between artists, scientists, humanists, and social scientists, we will explore the significance of conservation as a human practice with consequences for how we think about ourselves and our society, both past and future.

With Lauren Redniss, Danielle Bassett, Stanley Nelson, and Peter Cole. Moderated by Peter N. Miller.

Other conversations in this series:

Wednesday, March 2, 6–7:30 pm
With Jeffrey Gibson, Sendhil Mullainathan, Marla Spivak, and Campbell McGrath

Wednesday, May 18, 6–7:30 pm
With Ubaldo Vitali, Emily Wilson, Beth Shapiro and David N. Spergel
Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

This talk will be available on Zoom. A link will be circulated to registrants by 4 pm on the day of the event. This event will be live with automatic captions.