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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Clmate Change

The American Museum of Natural History presents

LIVING IN AMERICA : Changing Climate, Changing Environment

Three Saturdays—January 17, 24 & 31, 2009
Kaufmann Theater and Linder Theater
(both on the first floor of the Museum)


FREE with Museum admission

In conjunction with the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition Climate Change: The Threat to Life and A New Energy Future, this year’s Living in America program series considers the global climate crisis and explores its impacts on the environment and communities. Dynamic performances, discussions, and films for adults and families will highlight local, national, and international stories.

Jan. 17, 2009
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of the Hudson River , these programs will focus on historic and current environmental conditions as well as the effects of climate change on various communities in the region.

12:00 pm
1st Floor

Opening Ceremony: Ramapo Mountain Lenape
Cultural Presentation

Sachem Dwaine Perry

This ceremonial opening and cultural presentation will be held with Sachem Dwaine Perry and representatives of the Ramapo Mountain Lenape Community. The Lenape are indigenous peoples historically associated with the Hudson River Valley region. A question-and-answer session will follow.

This program is cosponsored with Explore NY 400 and supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

1:00 pm
1st Floor

Hudson’s Voyage Through Native Eyes

In this slide-illustrated presentation, author Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Micmac People, discusses Henry Hudson’s interactions with local indigenous populations, as well as his perceptions of these communities and the environment. A question-and-answer session and book-signing will follow.

This program is cosponsored with Explore NY 400.

2:00 pm
1st Floor

River People
Film screening and panel discussion
Presented in collaboration with the Hudson River Museum , the film River People (30 minutes) goes in-depth with people who make their living on the river and gives viewers a firsthand look at how they study, preserve, and protect the source of their livelihood. The film will be followed by a discussion with Kristin Marcell, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program; Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson; and folklorist Ellen McHale, NY Folklore Society, as they share their perspectives on the river, climate change, and the region’s environmental future.

This program is cosponsored with Explore NY 400 and supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

4:00 pm
1st Floor

Work o' The Weavers
Concert Performance

Work o’ The Weavers

This musical tribute to the Hudson River also honors American Folk Music's pioneering quartet, The Weavers, whose members included famed environmentalist Pete Seeger. Faithful to orig ina l arrangements, Work o' The Weavers employs the timeless music of The Weavers along with other familiar songs in a concert event that invites audience participation along the way

This program is cosponsored with Explore NY 400

Hudson Quadricentennial Fair

12:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 17
1st Floor

This interactive Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Fair features various advocacy groups, cultural organizations, and State Agencies working on regional issues related to the environment, local communities, and climate change.

The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Fair is cosponsored with Explore NY 400 and supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

All programs subject to change. All programs are free with suggested Museum admission. Neither tickets nor reservations are required. Seating is limited and is on a first-come,first-served basis.

We recommend that you arrive in plenty of time to enter the Museum and locate the program space. Please use the main entrance at Central Park West at 79th Street .

For further information, call the Museum’s Department of Education at 212-769-5315 weekdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm weekdays.

Living in America is developed and coord ina ted by Roberto Borrero (Taíno), Senior Program Coord ina tor, American Museum of Natural History.

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