Thinking Extinction 2013 Program (Hard copies available on site)

Thinking Extinction:

A Symposium on the Philosophy and Science of Endangered Species

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Location: Vale Living With Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

9:00-9:30: Welcome and Introduction

  1. Dominic Giroux, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University
  2. Elizabeth Dawes, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. Osman Abou-Rabia, Dean of Sciences and Engineering

9:30-11:30: Endangerment of Multispecies Communities

Chair: Brett Buchanan

  1. Deborah Bird Rose (New South Wales), “At the Edge of Extinction: Blessings in a Time of Sadness”
  2. Mick Smith (Queen’s), “From Haeckel to Nancy: Extinction in the Context of Ecological Community”

11:30-12:30: Lunch

12:30-2:45: Assessment of Endangered Species

Chair: Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

  1. Justina Ray (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada), “Challenging Assumptions and Definitions of Extinction and Recovery in Endangered Species Conservation”
  2. Marty Leonard (Dalhousie, COSEWIC), “COSEWIC’s Assessment of Extinction Risk: Practice and Challenges”
  3. Tom Nudds (Guelph), “On Evidence and Inference: How ‘Science-based’ is SARA’s Assessment and Listing?”

2:45-3:00: Refreshment break

3:00-5:00: The ‘Art’ of Extinction

Chair: Ernst Gerhardt

  1. Joshua Schuster (Western), “Photographing the Last Animal”
  2. H. Peter Steeves (DePaul), “This Animal, Again”

Evening Session

MaddAddam: Evening with MARGARET ATWOOD

Science North, Sudbury, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)

  1. Awaiting Atwood (dir: Beth Mairs, 43mins) at Vale Cavern, Science North
  2. Margaret Atwood: Reading from MaddAddam and book signing

Friday, November 15, 2013

Location: West Residence 132, Laurentian University

9:00-10:30: Roundtable: The Future of Endangered Species: Conservation, Biodiversity, (De-)Extinction

Chair: Brett Buchanan

  1. Featuring: Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Gaby Mastromonaco, James Maclaurin, Ronald Sandler, Bridget Stutchbury

10:30-11:00: Refreshment break

11:00-12:00: Animal Deaths and Afterlives

Chair: Alain Beaulieu

  1. Ted Toadvine (Oregon), “Biodiacritics and the Memory of Life”

12:00-1:00: Lunch


1:00-2:30: Evaluating the Worth of Endangered Species

Chair: Jacqueline Litzgus

  1. Bridget Stutchbury (York), “Triage, Intensive Care, and Emergency Rooms: How Useful are Medical Metaphors for Conservation Decisions?”
  2. Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser), “Are Some Animals More Equal Than Others?”

2:30-2:45: Refreshment Break

2:45-4:45: Extinction Ethics and Policy

Chair: Gillian Crozier

  1. Ronald Sandler (Northeastern), “The Ethics of Reviving Long Extinct Species”
  2. Benjamin Hale (Colorado), “Adaptation, Reparation, and the Substitution Problem”

Evening Session


Public Plenary Speaker: STUART PIMM on Extinction

Dinner: Fromagerie Elgin, downtown Sudbury, 6:00pm

Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University

“Extinctions: When, Where, How Fast, and What We Can Do To Stop Them” — – St. Andrew’s, downtown Sudbury (111 Larch St), 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Location: Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

7:00-9:00: Breakfast

9:00-12:00: Extinctions of Animal Behavior

Chair: Michael Yeo

  1. Matthew Chrulew (New South Wales), “Ethopolitics Against Extinction”
  2. Eileen Crist (Virginia Tech), “Freedom and the Appropriation of Nature”
  3. Jeffrey Bussolini (CUNY), “Felidae and Extinction: ‘Victim’ and ‘Cause’”

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:30: Protection and Propagation of Endangered Species

Chair: David Lesbarreres

  1. Gabriela Mastromonaco (Toronto Zoo), “The role of emerging technologies for the propagation of endangered species”
  2. Jacqueline Litzgus (Laurentian), “Impacts of endangered species protection on local communities: The Pelee Island story”

2:30-2:45: Refreshment break

2:45-4:45: Costs of Saving Species

Chair: Norman Cheadle

  1. Ursula K. Heise (UCLA), “Legally Gone: Endangered Species Laws and Culture”
  2. James Maclaurin (Otago), “When in Doubt: Biodiversity Measurement and the Cost of Extinction”

 Evening Session

 Post-Symposium Lowdown

Respect Is Burning, Downtown Sudbury

  1. Dinner & Drinks: 5:30pm on

Thanks for coming!


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