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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | The Myths of Nature and the Rise of Ecology



Start Date

4 Mar 2016 1:00 pm

End Date

4 Mar 2016 2:00 pm


Social Sciences Room 379

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

Presented by

Professor Ted Lefroy, Centre for Environment, University of Tasmania

About the seminar
On 10 January 1969, Life Magazine featured a photograph of the Earth from space on its front cover, declaring that humanity had entered 'The Age of Ecology'. This changed the way we see our planet. In a sense we are now all ecologists. We know that everything is connected to everything else, that humans have disrupted the balance of nature, and that ecosystems are in imminent danger of collapse unless we take drastic action. Or do we? This seminar will briefly explore the origin, function, persistence and consequences of six myths, misconceptions and metaphors about the natural world, how we think it's organised and how we relate to it: the balance of nature, the survival of the fittest, the connectedness of everything, the Gaia hypothesis, the tragedy of the commons and runaway human population growth.

About the speaker
Professor Ted Lefroy is the Director of the Centre for Environment at the University of Tasmania. Prof Lefroy received his PhD from the University of Western Australia, and is the author of Biodiversity: Integrating Conservation and Production, Case Studies from Australian Forests and Fisheries, and Landscape Logic: Integrating Science for Landscape Management.

Friday 4 March 2016

1.00pm to 2.00pm

Room 379, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Event Contact
For more information, or directions to the venue please contact Dr Louise Grimmer, Institute for the Study of Social Change via email or telephone 6226 1587

All Welcome
UTAS staff and students, and members of the public are warmly invited to attend our seminars. We look forward to seeing you!

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