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Art History Speaker Series: Dr. Dolly Jørgensen on “Extinction, Memory, Remembrance, Emotions”

October 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

October 26, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. MT


The Boise State Department of Art, Design and Visual Studies and the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program are pleased to present Dr. Dolly Jørgensen, Professor of History at University of Stavanger, Norway as part of their 2023-2024 Art History Speaker Series: “Extinction.”

Jørgensen will present on “Extinction, Memory, Remembrance, Emotions.”

Jørgensen says, “We are currently living through a major extinction event with vast numbers of species across the planet rapidly becoming extinct because of human actions, from climate change to habitat conversion to pollution. The high number of species either recently extinct or facing imminent extinction and the great speed at which extermination is happening even exceeds the most well-studied extinction event—the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. At least 322 vertebrates are known to have become extinct since 1500, and many more invertebrates and plants. What remains after a species has become extinct?

In order to answer this question, I turn to a discussion of endlings, art, and monuments in the case of the thylacine and passenger pigeon. I will argue that memory, remembrance, and emotional practices make extinction a subject ripe for humanistic inquiry.”

To participate, please utilize the Zoom link below:

This event is free and open to the public.

This event has been generously supported by funding from the Boise State Center for Global Engagement.