Author and journalist Ed Yong joined GDS for the 25th annual Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture, illuminating how animals sense the world and why we should care. Ed’s latest book, An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us, helps us understand the unique ways our fellow inhabitants of Earth perceive and interact with nature, as well as how humans impact animals’ lives. Ed first spoke at the High School for a morning assembly before heading to the LMS Flexible Performance Space for the evening event with hundreds in attendance.
The Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Ben Cooper by his close friends David Goldberg ’98, Jennifer Miller ’98, Megan Palmer ’97, Jacob Remes ’98, Dan Sharfman ’97, and Jessica Wolland ’97. Ben, a rising senior at Georgetown Day School, was killed in a tragic accident on August 12, 1997. The Lecture Fund, endowed by the Cooper-Areen family, enables GDS to bring a renowned guest lecturer to the school each year to stimulate the kind of dialogue in which Ben loved to participate.
Ed’s talk was followed by a lively Q&A and discussion with the GDS audience–epitomizing the intention of our annual lecture.