Why does the dodo continue to haunt our imagination? Why is it the poster bird for extinction? How has it been represented across time and culture? An interdisciplinary panel explored the life and legacy of the dodo at an event in collaboration between TORCH and the Museum of Natural History. The event was part of the UK's national festival of the humanities, Being Human 2015.
This is the full discussion, but you can also watch each of the speakers' presentations below:
Paul Smith (Director, Oxford University Museum of Natural History) on The Dodo in the Museum
Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Professor of English and Theatre Studies and Knowledge Exchange Champion for the Humanities) on The Dodo in Literature
Pietro Corsi on The Dodo and Exploration
Paul Jepson (Researcher at the School of Geography and Environment and Course Director for the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management) on The Dodo, Animal Icons and De-Extinction
Jasper Fforde (Writer and Author of the Thursday Next series) on The Dodo and Creativity