SYMPOSIUM – Thinking Extinction

Laurentian University (Ontario, Canada) is pleased to announce a symposium on the philosophy and science of endangered species and extinctions.  

Thinking Extinction - 2On November 14-16, 2013, leading thinkers, researchers, and scientists from Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, will converge to address and discuss a range of theoretical, ethical, political, and conservationist approaches to the crisis of mass extinctions that we are currently witnessing.  With finite resources and a seemingly infinite series of conservation problems, including the impending extinction of thousands of species, how do we plan for the conservation of biodiversity?  What are the most effective ways to conserve endangered species?  Sessions will be held throughout the days along with evening events with Margaret Atwood (Thursday night) and Stuart Pimm (Friday night), and a special roundtable featuring Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Stuart Pimm, and several of our invited speakers (below).


Margaret Atwood

Graeme Gibson 

Stuart Pimm (Duke)

  • Jeffrey Bussolini (CUNY)
  • Matthew Chrulew (New South Wales)
  • Eileen Crist (Virginia Tech)
  • Benjamin Hale (Colorado)
  • Ursula K. Heise (UCLA)
  • H. Peter Steeves (DePaul)
  • Bridget Stutchbury (York)
  • Marty Leonard (Dalhousie)
  • Jacqueline Litzgus (Laurentian)
  • James Maclaurin (Otago)
  • Gabriela Mastromonaco (Toronto Zoo)
  • Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser)
  • Joshua Schuster (Western)
  • Tom Nudds (Guelph)
  • Justina Ray (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)
  • Deborah Bird Rose (New South Wales)
  • Ronald Sandler (Northeastern)
  • Ted Toadvine (Oregon)
  • Mick Smith (Queen’s)

thinking extinction - 3All speaking events are open to the public on a first-come first-seated basis.  Due to the interest our event is receiving, we do have registration available to participate in the Friday and Saturday dinners, as well as the symposium lunches.  Registration will guarantee a seat for each selected day.

Deadline for submitting the registration form is October 25, 2013.

For more information on the symposium, please visit or email  For more information on the Margaret Atwood evening, please email