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Tuesday Talks: Minds and Cultures of Non-Human Animals- Carl Safina, Founder, The Safina Center

Combining the messages of his last two books ( Beyond Words and Becoming Wild) along with new current information and events, Carl Safina will discuss the conscious awareness, emotional capacity, and cultural lives of other animals. He will explore the conservation implications and what is at stake for our imperiled co-voyagers on this planet, and ask whether humans have the intellectual and emotional capacity to simply let the other living beings on this planet continue to exist.


Carl Safina’s lyrical non-fiction writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation fellowships; book awards from the National Academies, the Lannan Foundation, and Orion Magazine; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights outside and on the water as he could. Safina’s studies of seabirds earned him a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. He is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, and founder of the not-for-profit Safina Center. His writing appears in the New York Times, Time, Audubon, National Geographic, on the Web at, Medium, HuffPost and elsewhere, and his PBS series Saving the Ocean can be viewed online. Two of his books have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year, including his 2020 book Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace.

Carl lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, Patricia, and their dogs and feathered friends.

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Photo: Carl Safina by David Huntley


Jul 27 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Donations Welcome


Block Island Maritime Institute
216 Ocean Avenue, Block Island, RI 02807
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