WORLD-RENOWNED EXPERT ON DINOSAURS TO SPEAK IN VINELAND ON OCTOBER 27 AS HIGHLIGHT OF DINOSAUR DAY CELEBRATION
Main Street Vineland will present Dinosaur Day on Friday, October 27, highlighted by a free talk by Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, one of the world’s foremost authorities on dinosaurs, at 10 a.m., at the Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. The talk is open to students—eight-grade level and up, as well as the general public.
His talk, “Why Dinosaurs Matter,” is being given in conjunction with the recent release of his book of the same title by Simon & Schuster. The talk will include a question-and-answer session and a book-signing.
A post-talk private reception with the author will take place at 12 p.m., followed by a presentation to students at the Pauline J. Petway Elementary School in Vineland.
This event is made possible in partnership with the Vineland Board of Education.
Lacovara is the founder and director of the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park of Rowan University in New Jersey. He has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the Earth, such as the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons, weighs more than seven T. rex. He is sought around the world for his ability to bring the wonders of science and the thrill of discovery to a wide range of audiences.
He has appeared in many television documentaries and his discoveries have landed him three times in Discover magazine’s 100 Top Science Stories of the year and in Time’s Top Stories of 2014. Lacovara was named by Men’s Journal as one of “The Next Generation of Explorers” and he is an elected fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club in New York. Why Dinosaurs Matter is his first book. His online TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) can be seen at www.TED.com.
“We are most privileged to have Dr. Lacovara come to Vineland to speak with us,” Main Street Vineland Executive Director Russell Swanson said. “I was in Wyoming at the time as one of those tracking he recent solar eclipse and saw him speak there. I was utterly captivated and thought how wonderful it would be to bring his presentation to Vineland.”
The opportunity presented itself and Lacovara was able to make his talk fit in with the presentation on the evening of October 27 with their Fourth Friday movie The Good Dinosaur.
I want Dr. Lacovara’s presentation to fit in with a variety of audiences—students, seniors, and the public, so I am making this series of events accessible on a variety of levels. "
That evening, young and old alike will enjoy the hit Walt Disney movie The Good Dinosaur as the last in this year’s series of Fourth Friday Films on The Ave. The major sponsor of the series has been Members 1st of NJ Federal Credit Union and SNJ Today as the media sponsor.
The film will start at 8:30 p.m. and will take place at the mini-park at the southwest corner of Landis Avenue and the Boulevard, in Vineland. The rain location for the movies will be inside Landis MarketPlace, 631 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. Please bring a chair and/or blanket for the movie. Parents must remain with their children.
The Good Dinosaur is a 2015 3D computer-animated drama adventure, set on a fictional Earth in which dinosaurs never became extinct. A young Apatosaurus named Arlo meets an unlikely human friend, while traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape. The film features the voices of Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn, Jeffrey Wright, and Frances McDormand.
About Kenneth Lacovara
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, explorer, paleontologist, and author, has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex. In his quest to understand these titanic creatures that strain the human imagination, Lacovara blends exploration in remote locations across the globe with the latest imaging and modeling techniques from engineering to medicine. When he is not excavating fossils in far-flung locations, Lacovara applies cutting edge technology to the study of dinosaurs. By using 3D imaging, 3D printing, robotics, and medical modeling techniques, his work is helping to shift our perspective of giant herbivorous dinosaurs from their historic portrayal as hapless lumbering prey to that of fearsome, hulking, hyper-efficient eating machines that deserve our awe and respect.
Lacovara’s TED Talk, “Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the Universe,” was among the Top 10 TED Talks of 2016. “He’s got a way of illuminating the bigger picture, of somehow turning ‘why’ into wonder. It’s not just that he’s speaking about what happened way back when, but what it might mean for us today.” says Chris Anderson, Curator of TED. Indeed, Dr. Lacovara is sought around the world for his ability to bring the wonders of science and the thrill of discovery to a wide range of audiences. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and his discoveries have landed him three times in Discover magazine’s 100 Top Science Stories of the year and in Time magazine’s Top Stories of 2014. Lacovara was named by Men’s Journal as one of “The Next Generation of Explorers” and he is an elected fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club in New York.
In Why Dinosaurs Matter (Simon and Schuster), Lacovara takes readers on a deep dive into Earth history. “As we move into an uncertain environmental future, it has never been more important to understand the past. The lessons written in stone and buried beneath our feet are both profound and urgent.”Lacovara argues that, “only the past provides the broad view that we desperately need to prepare for the future.”
Lacovara led the effort to create the Edelman Fossil Park in New Jersey. Within its quarry, Lacovara and his team are using a rich cache of 65 million year old fossils to solve the mystery of the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Lacovara holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Delaware. At Rowan University, he is the founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment and Director of the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park.