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Book Club - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Event Details

Date/Time:
Tue, December 04, 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue:
Ettore's Bakery and Cafe
Location:
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento CA 95825
Map address
Registration Period:
10/04/2018-12/04/2018
Price:
Pay for your own food and drinks.
Contact:
Barbara Lemus, '76
916-508-2048

In The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert blends intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. Kolbert chronicles previous mass extinction events, and compares them to the accelerated, widespread extinctions during our present time. She also describes specific species extinguished by humans, as well as the ecologies surrounding prehistoric and near-present extinction events. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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Book Club - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

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