Have you ever wanted to meet one of the Smithsonian’s curators? Or wished you could ask a question of one of our researchers? The Smithsonian has launched a series of online education conferences that let you do just that. In each online conference you can interact with Smithsonian experts in subject areas that interest you. All conferences have a single theme or topic explored through the lens of several different disciplines. The program includes both general interest sessions and sessions intended especially for teachers.http://www.smithsonianconference.org/
Smithsonian Live Online Event: Value the Land
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT
Connect online with Smithsonian experts, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world, who, like you, are committed to solving environmental challenges.
UPDATE on Smithsonian Tree Banding
9:00 to 9:50 am, EDT
Hear about the schools around the world joining Smithsonian researchers in this citizen science project and sign up your classroom. If you are already in the project, touch base with educator Josh Falk.
American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges: Working for a Sustainable Future
12:00 to 12:50 pm, EDT
What does “value the land” mean to American Indian peoples today? Throughout their long histories—and extending to today—American Indian peoples have thrived on, respected, and protected the environments that make up their homelands. In this session, you’ll learn about how four Native communities are combining traditional knowledge with 21st-century scientific expertise to find solutions to environmental problems that challenge their cultural and economic sustainability.
Presenters: Genevieve Simermeyer, School Programs Manager, and Ed Schupman, Education Product Developer, National Museum of the American Indian
Community Narratives: Citizens Recording History
2:00 to 2:50 pm, EDT
The availability of low-cost recording equipment—from computers and digital cameras to mobile devices—has made it possible to gather the stories and personal points of view from a wider range of people than ever before. We invite the Shout community to seek out people who “value the land” and record their stories. Today’s three presenters will share their expertise and perspectives on the protocols and strategies for conducting an oral history project. They’ll show you how to identify a great interview subject, how to prepare for the interview, and what to do during the interview to make sure you capture great material. Join this session to experience the importance of looking for narratives and cultural histories close to home.
Presenters: James I. Deutsch, Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Alex Griswold, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; and Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History
Stories of the Forest: Human Impacts of Deforestation
3:00 pm to 3:50 pm, EDT
How can we understand the impact of deforestation if we don’t experience it ourselves? Joshua Bell has witnessed deforestation first-hand and collected stories of forest loss from the people who live with it. Oral histories of the people of the coastal forests of Papua New Guinea reveal the human consequences when cultural traditions collide with the desire for economic development and resources. Bell will discuss his research methods, what he learned, and its implications for all of us.
Presenter: Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History
All events are free of charge. Register Now.http://www.smithsonianconference.org/shout/register/