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Annual Westbrook Lecture - Sustainable Seas: Vision and Reality by Dr. Sylvia Earle

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Philadelphia, PA

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 Sustainable Seas: Vision and Reality 
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society

12:00pm to 4:00pm, lecture at 1:00pm

Once thought to be "too big to fail," the ocean is now in trouble. Ocean and coastal ecosystems account for some two-thirds of the world's capital, including half the oxygen we breathe, carbon sinks for climate regulation, storm protection, and food. Dr. Sylvia Earle, dubbed "Her Deepness" by the New York Times, will look at the past, present and future of the ocean. Join us to discuss ways to reverse the decline of our seas, the cornerstone of earth's life support system, and the actions needed to ensure their future, and ours.

Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, founder of the Deep Search Foundation, and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 175 publications and leader of more than 100 underwater expeditions, she is the recipient of more than 100 national and international awards. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and deep sea exploration. She was named Time Magazine's first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and was a 2009 winner of the TED Prize.

About the Westbrook Lecture:
Dr. Richard B. Westbrook, Trustee of the Wagner Free Institute of Science from 1884 until his death in 1899, established the Westbrook Free Lectureship as a means to encourage open discourse on scientific subjects, especially "disputed questions in science and the theories of Evolution."  Since 1912 when the series began, Westbrook lecturers have included some of the most distinguished scientists and scholars of the past 100 years, among them John Dewey, George Gaylord Simpson, and Margaret Mead.

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Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)


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Founded in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science.  Its programs include free courses and lectures, field trips and lessons for children and museum tours for all ages. The evening science courses are in their 159th year, making them the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. 

The Institute’s Museum houses more than 100,000 natural history specimens, a collection begun by founder William Wagner in the early nineteenth century and expanded by the pre-eminent scientist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s. Completed in 1865, the Institute’s National Historic Landmark building is essentially unchanged since the late-nineteenth century and includes a Victorian Exhibition Hall filled with fossils, shells, minerals and mounted animal skeletons and skins displayed in original wood and glass cabinets. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Evening and weekend programs are offered during the fall, winter and spring.
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