32 stories tagged ‘Conservation’
Theodore Roosevelt is considered a principal architect of the U.S. national park system. To help mark his 150th birthday this fall, noted filmmaker Ken Burns will come to Harvard to offer remarks and show clips from his upcoming documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” due out in fall 2009. Scheduled for Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in Sanders Theatre, Burns’ talk, “Distance in His Eyes,” is free and sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Collection of Houghton Library.
Conservation policies favoring keystone animal species are insufficient to conserve the world’s biodiversity because many of these target animals don’t live in the world’s most biodiverse spots: lowland tropical forests under pressure from agriculture, logging, and other human activities.
Plaster reproductions of Maya and Aztec carvings, which preserve precious details now lost on the originals, are leaving dusty, haphazard storage for cleaning, cataloging, and crating that will prepare them for a new era of usefulness and relevance.
In August, the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II to membership in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, the oldest order of chivalry in the United Kingdom, dating to the 10th century. Gomes will be invested in November.
The Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art (CTSMA), a leading research center of the Harvard University Art Museums, has announced a major gift of Barnett Newman’s studio materials and related ephemera through the generosity of The Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation.
Paul M. Weissman '52 and Harriet L. Weissman, whose gift created the University Library's Weissman Preservation Center in 2000, have announced vital new support for the center's growing photograph conservation program. With a $1.25 million gift announced on March 1, they will support the senior photograph conservator's position in the Weissman Preservation Center.
The population of the orangutan, one of humankind's closest animal relatives, has declined with human expansion. The orangutan population declined by 97 percent in the 20th century and over 90 percent of their rainforest habitat has been destroyed. The factors contributing to that decline - illegal logging, conversion of forestland to agriculture, and hunting to supply the pet trade - have long been known.