Lectures: It's an 'Extinction Twofer' at Town Hall Seattle

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Explore mass extinction past and future with two talks at Town Hall Seattle. First, on May 22, science journalist Annalee Newitz discusses her new book, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, which, rather than being the terrifying harbinger of doom it sounds like, is supposed to be a hopeful collection of current research and strategies for avoiding apocalyptic meltdown. Just when you’re starting to feel as if maybe you aren’t destined for a Mad Max–style existence, science writer Brian Switek arrives the next day (May 23) with his talk, “Rediscovering the Awesomeness of Dinosaurs,” based on his new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus. While Switek’s intention is to share new research further elucidating the rich life of the earth’s early tenants, who could fault us for feeling a creeping dread? Dinosaurs: They’re just like us! 7:30 p.m. $5. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.; 206.652.4255; townhallseattle.org