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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sun, May 6, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Image of Professor Jeffrey Ferguson teaching in the classroom

A Celebration of the Life of Jeffrey Ferguson

On Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m., the Amherst College community will gather with family and friends to celebrate the life of Jeffrey B. Ferguson, the Karen and Brian Conway '80, P'18 Presidential Teaching Professor of Black Studies. Among his many achievements, Jeff designed the curriculum in Black Studies that has benefited so many Amherst students. In a letter to the community, President Biddy Martin described Jeff as "a remarkable intellectual, an innovative teacher, and a wonderful human being". A link to President Martin's complete letter is included below.

Following the memorial, there will be a reception at the Lewis-Sebring Commons in Valentine Dining Hall.

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.