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Have fun, meet others, and explore the issues of our time through our science and cultural programming. Our After Hours events give you access to scientists, filmmakers, authors, and innovators seeking to better understand the natural world and our place in it.


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Paleoclimate: Digging into the Past to Chart our Future

Thursday, March 29, 6:45 - 8:30 PM

FREE ticketed event

Assisted listening devices, wheelchair accessible

As human activities drive Earth’s rapidly changing climate, there is an urgent need to build better models that help us predict and prepare for our future. These models need robust data that stretch far back in time. Enter: the fossil record. Join us for an evening with two renowned researchers — Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, and Gavin Schmidt, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies — as they talk about their exciting work weaving together paleoclimate data and computer models to understand the future. Following their talks, Rachel Gross, a science editor at Smithsonian.com, will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A.


This program is part of the National Museum of Natural History’s Earth’s Temperature History & Future Symposium, March 29-31, 2018. Support provided by Roland and Debra Sauermann.


Location: Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.


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