Paul Bogard is author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age
of Artificial Light and The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last
Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are. He is also editor of Let There Be
Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. A native Minnesotan, Paul is now an
associate professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,
Virginia, USA, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature. Find
him at paul-bogard.com.
Is it the End of Night?
A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit
world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this talk based on his
book THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard seeks to restore our awareness of the
spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human
experience across everything from science to art. Using a blend of personal
narrative, natural history, science, and astronomy, Bogard shares the importance of
darkness–what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain–and the
simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.