Folks in Juneau and Anchorage won’t want to miss upcoming lectures by one of the best historians working in the field of Alaska-Russia-North Pacific studies today. Ryan Tucker Jones of the University of Queensland will present, “Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867.” JUNEAU: Thursday, June 12
Alaska State Library Historical Collections
8th floor Atrium, State Office Building ANCHORAGE: Monday, June 16 7:00 p.m. Anchorage Museum
Based on his new book of the same title, Jones’s lecture will explore how the extinction of the sea cow and the near extinction of sea otters and fur seals provoked natural historians to claim, for the first time in European history, that animals could disappear entirely from the face of the earth. In an attempt to reverse ecological destruction, Russians began long-term management of marine mammals and instituted some of the colonial world’s most forward-thinking conservationist policies.