WBEZ | The Field Museum http://www.wbez.org/content/field-museum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Why We Are, What We Are, Where We Are http://www.wbez.org/why-we-are-what-we-are-where-we-are-103396 <p><p>Why do both humans and monkeys from different regions differ anatomically and physiologically? Why do we find more monkey species and human cultures in the tropics than outside of the tropics?&nbsp;Why did California have many more Native American cultures than Illinois? Can what we know of monkeys answer this question? If distant islands are more difficult to get to, why do we not find fewer monkey species or human cultures on more distant islands? Are humans merely monkeys?</p><div>Since Charles Darwin&rsquo;s 1859 publication of<em> On the Origins of the Species</em>, questions of distribution have fascinated scientists and anthropologists alike. Dr. <strong>Alexander Harcourt</strong>, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Davis,&nbsp;will discuss the principles underlying the distribution, abundance, and appearance of animals which can also explain human biological diversity, global distribution, and cultural variation. He will shed light on the rich and complex ways in which our anatomy, physiology, and cultural diversity vary from region to region.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born in Kenya, Dr. Harcourt received degrees from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. After many years studying the behavior and ecology of gorillas, Harcourt&rsquo;s research moved to the evolutionary biology of reproduction and cooperation, and now his interests have turned to biogeography, including the biogeography of humans. His field research has taken him to the forests of Uganda, Rwanda, Zaire, and southeasten Nigeria.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Harcourt serves on the Scientific Executive Committee of The Leakey Foundation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This lecture is free with museum admission. Reservations are recommended; call 312-665-7400.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/why-we-are-what-we-are-where-we-are-103396 Chicago Communities Restore Nature http://www.wbez.org/chicago-communities-restore-nature-102211 <p><p>Join us for the &ldquo;Chicago Communities Restore Nature&rdquo; panel event to hear distinctive stories about gardens, birds, and medicinal plants as told by three community leaders. Learn how their heritage leads to environmental stewardship, enjoy the welcoming reception, and view the Restoring Earth exhibition!</p><div>This is a FREE event, open to the public. Please register at <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalalliance.org">www.chicagoculturalalliance.org</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Featured panelists include:&nbsp;<strong>Jose Luis Gutierrez</strong>, executive director, Casa Michoacán;&nbsp;<strong>Eli Suzukovich III</strong>, education researcher, American Indian Center;&nbsp;<strong>Sherry Williams</strong>, president, Bronzeville Historical Society; and moderator&nbsp;<strong>Alaka Wali</strong>, curator of North American anthropology and Applied Cultural Research Director, Environment, Culture and Conservation (ECCo) at The Field Museum.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The &ldquo;Chicago Communities Restore Nature&rdquo; panel is part of CCA&rsquo;s Heritage Matters series, in which CCA members discuss how various cultural perspectives enrich our understanding of contemporary issues. Cultural organizations, such as those represented by the three panelists and their respective communities, explore new avenues to address an issue like environmental restoration that extends beyond the field of ecology and into the daily life of the community.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In their roles as community connectors, these three organizations&mdash;American Indian Center, Bronzeville Historical Society, and Casa Michoacán&mdash;demonstrate that community-based heritage organizations are important contributors in addressing environmental concerns.&nbsp;American Indian Center, a social service organization, reconnects with nature by cultivating medicinal and native species gardens in Uptown and other Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods.&nbsp;The Bronzeville Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving African-American history, developed a bird oasis in partnership with Pullman Historic Site, where birds find their temporary homes in between the South and the North like many African-Americans during the Great Migration.&nbsp;Casa Michoacán, a Mexican-American cultural center in Chicago&rsquo;s Pilsen neighborhood, responded to pollution in the neighborhood by building a native garden sanctuary for monarch butterflies, a symbol from the state of Michoacán in Mexico.</div></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chicago-communities-restore-nature-102211 Kingdom Under Glass http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-06/kingdom-under-glass <p><p>During the golden age of safaris in the early twentieth century, one man set out to preserve Africa's great beasts. In this epic account of an extraordinary life lived during remarkable times, <strong>Jay Kirk </strong>follows the adventures of the brooding genius who revolutionized taxidermy and created the famed African Hall we visit today at New York's Museum of Natural History. <br /><br />The Gilded Age was drawing to a close, and with it came the realization that men may have hunted certain species into oblivion. Renowned taxidermist Carl Akeley joined the hunters rushing to Africa, where he risked death time and again as he stalked animals for his dioramas and hobnobbed with outsized personalities of the era such as Theodore Roosevelt and P. T. Barnum. In a tale of art, science, courage, and romance, Jay Kirk resurrects a legend and illuminates a fateful turning point when Americans had to decide whether to save nature, to destroy it, or to just stare at it under glass.<br /><br />For more information and tickets, <a href="http://www.fieldmuseum.org/calendarsystem/Search_Type.asp?Type=LEC">go to The Field Museum website</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:55:49 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-06/kingdom-under-glass