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Ornithologist and Zoologist Peter Stettenheim to Present Falmouth Forum Lecture, December 2

WOODS HOLE, MA—Peter Stettenheim, ornithologist, zoologist, author, and editor will present the next lecture in the 2005-2006 Falmouth Forum series on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture is sponsored by the Associates of the MBL and is free and open to the public.

Stettenheim will present a slide-illustrated talk titled "The Meaning of Birds in Art". His lecture will explore some of the roles and meanings of birds in art, ranging in time from prehistoric cave drawings to modern advertising. Birds are often shown in works of art, not only as natural history or decorative subjects, but also as symbols, story-telling figures, or surrogates for some element of human experience. Stettenheim’s presentation will review the histories of several birds as symbols and consider why birds are depicted more than other animals.

Stettenheim is an ornithologist with special interest in the skin and feathers of birds, After earning a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Michigan, he worked at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, doing research and co-authoring a technical book on avian anatomy. Subsequently, he served as the editor of a major ornithological journal, initiated the Birds of North America series of life histories, and edited an on-line index to the scientific literature of ornithology. Now retired, he and his family have lived in Plainfield, New Hampshire since 1969.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at: (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

Remaining lectures in the Falmouth Forum 2005-2006 season are below.

January 13, 2006
"The Historical Evolution of Jazz Music" - Charles Cassara, Professor, Berklee College of Music

January 27, 2006
"Surviving Terrorism—An Ambassador Under Fire" - Ambassador Franklin “Pancho” Huddle, Senior Inspector, Iraq

March 3, 2006
"Coastal Lands Through Time: Historical Insights to the Conservation of Natural and Cultural Landscapes" - David Foster, author, ecologist and Director of the Harvard Forest

March 17, 2006
"Four Ways to Tell the Story of the Buddha" - David Eckel, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Boston University


The MBL is an international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu.

The MBL Associates were founded in 1944 to provide an opportunity for friends of the Laboratory, both scientists and non-scientists, to support the MBL. Over the years the Associates have taken on a wide range of projects, including providing fellowships for young scientists, supporting the MBL/WHOI Library, renovating the Lillie Auditorium, and landscaping the Whitman-Loeb quadrangle on the Woods Hole campus. The Associates also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.