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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Listening to Nature: Standardizing Soundscapes and Imagined Ecologies, 1900-1945

4:15 - 5:30 PM
Rembrandt Hall
Pomona College
135 E. Bonita Avenue
Room 104
Claremont, 91711
(909) 621-8155

How did the changing soundscape inform scientists' and then the public's understanding of the environment? How did new sounds and new ways of listening co-develop to ultimately alter the way individuals thought about the world around them? This lecture focuses on two examples from the first half of the 20th century -- the standardization of bird song representation via music notation in the United States and ideas about the sounds of extinction in Germany -- to show the central importance of the soundscape in environmental thought.

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