2012 marks the 50th anniversary of publication of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring, considered the most significant influence on the launching of the modern environmental awareness and action movement. In celebration of this anniversary, year The Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University and the National Aviary are hosting the Perspectives on Silent Spring at 50 Symposium on May 11 and 12.
Conference attendees will also be able to experience WINGS!, the first show to be presented in the National Aviary's new Helen M. Schmidt FlitezoneTM Theater. In the theater's intimate space, live American Bald Eagle flights are paired with music, video, lighting, and stage design â€“ adding drama and context to these remarkable birds and the threats they face in the wild.This two-day event will celebrate and discuss the impact of Silent Spring on environmental writing, the conservation of wildlife, and the future of conservation and preservation of biodiversity. Attendees will hear from some of the country's most respected environmental writing and environmental science experts including Carson biographer, Linda Lear, Ph.D.; Heinz Award Recipients, Louis J. Guillette, Ph.D, and Terry Collins Ph.D.; Carson's grand-nephew and adopted son, Roger Christie, and many more.
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