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Posted Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Series Presents Scientists, Filmmaker, Book Discussion and Documentary Screening

The County College of Morris Legacy Project will host a variety of events throughout the spring semester focused on the connections found among science, climate change, the humanities and social sciences.

Author Ian Tattersall

Ian Tattersall, renowned author, paleoanthropologist and emeritus curator at Museum of Natural History, will speak March 5 at CCM.

The programs will be presented as part of two series, the Keynote Series and the Salon Series. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road.

The Keynote Series consists of three events, which will take place in Sheffield Hall, Room 100, all starting at 12:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb.12:  Filmmaker Corina Gamma will discuss cultures and communities in Greenland that are facing unprecedented risks due to climate change. There will be a screening of her film “Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic,” followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is co-sponsored with the CCM Biology and Chemistry Club.
  • Tuesday, March 5: The Legacy Project welcomes Ian Tattersall, renowned author, and paleoanthropologist and emeritus curator, Museum of Natural History in New York.  Tattersall was born in England and raised in East Africa. His lecture will cover his research in paleoanthropology and is entitled “The Pensive Primate: Origin of Modern Human Cognition.”
  • Thursday, April 11: Jason Smerdon, Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University, will return to CCM as the third speaker in the Keynote Series. He will offer a follow-up lecture to his initial talk at the college last October on climate change. Co-sponsored by the CCM Environmental Club and Biology and Chemistry Club, his talk will focus on the risks of climate change in the future and the paleoclimate perspective.

CCM at 50 logoThe Salon Series consists of two events, including both afternoon and evening offerings, that will provide an intimate setting for focusing on climate change.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19: A screening of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral” looks at the destruction of coral reefs. Co-sponsored by both CCM’s Environmental Club and Project Yellowstone, the film will be viewed  at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Cohen Hall, Room 124
  • Monday, April 29: A discussion on the national best-selling book by T.C. Boyle, “A Friend of Earth,” will be held at 6 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, Room 122. Attendees are asked to read the book before the event. A light dinner will be served. Reservations are required for this event by emailing [email protected].

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