A Great Success: "Human Origins and Humanity's Future: Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene," Sat., March 5, 2022

Mar 8, 2022

Thank you to all who participated in CARTA’s virtual public symposium, "Human Origins and Humanity's Future: Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene," on Saturday, March 5!

We’re pleased to once again have had an excellent online turnout, this time with ~660 live stream viewers watching from 40 countries and territories: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For some perspective, pre-pandemic, in-person CARTA event live streams typically reached ~10 countries, with the highest being 26 countries tuning in for "Ancient DNA and Human Evolution" in 2016. With viewers from 40 countries on Saturday, March 5, "Human Origins and Humanity's Future: Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene" had the highest representation (or roughly 20% of global nations/territories) since CARTA started live streaming!

If you would like to enjoy the presentations and Q&A again, or if you missed all or part of the symposium, the talks and Q&A will be aired on UCSD-TV in a few weeks’ time and then permanently archived online at multiple websites, including CARTA, UCSD-TV, iTunes, and YouTube. These recordings will contain high-quality closed captions to enhance your viewing experience. Closed captions are made possible through support from viewers like you, this time from CARTA Patrons Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins & Gordon Perkins. We will post an update as soon as videos become available online.

This event would not have been possible without the support of CARTA supporters like you! Funding for "Human Origins and Humanity's Future: Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene," was provided by many generous CARTA donors, with special support from CARTA Friends Robert Stavros and Robert Mashman; and CARTA Supporters Carrie Steinbach and Sasa Neuman. If CARTA added value to your understanding of ourselves as a uniquely adapted species, you can help ensure that we are able to produce additional informative content and share it for free to everyone, well into the future, by contributing to our CARTA Symposium Fund today! Sponsorships for upcoming symposia are available. Email khunter@ucsd.edu or visit the CARTA Support page for more information!

We look forward to you joining us again for our Spring 2022 virtual public symposium, when CARTA presents on a related subject, "Humans: The Planet-Altering Apes," with Co-Chairs and Co-Directors: Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine, and Margaret Schoeninger, UC San Diego (Friday, May 13, 2022; 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PDT). In keeping with an emerging CARTA priority, we will once again use accumulated knowledge from the past of our species to look ahead for innovative solutions to anthropogenic challenges to both our continued existence and that of our planet.