December Lecture

Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: December 11, 2016


Citizen Science, Searching for Heroes and Hope 

Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 3 pm

presented by Mary Ellen Hannibal
The Fort Worden Chapel
Admission: $10 ($5 for PTMSC members)

Ms. Hannibal’s new book, Citizen Science, Heroes and Hope in a Time of Extinction was released in September 2016. In her words, “I am a Bay Area writer and editor focusing on science and culture.  Hannibal is a regular contributor to LIVESTRONG magazine; her writing has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Elle and Yoga Journal magazines among many other publications.

According to Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, “One of Hannibal’s themes in this ambitious new book is the ‘double narrative,’ or the contradiction between what we tell ourselves we are doing every day and what is really going on. She explains that empires have been built on a biotic cleansing of species the loss of which now threatens the very foundation of our lives. Hannibal poses citizen science, or the contribution of amateurs to research, as a platform not only for change, but also as a new way of seeing without the old blinders. Invoking literary, historic, and scientific touchstones, and telling a personal story as well, she provides what citizen scientists John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts called the ‘toto picture.’ We can’t afford to see the Earth any other way.”