The University of New Mexico Alumni Association hosts Lobo Living Room “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness” on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center on UNM’s main campus.

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. Author Paul Bogard gives a presentation based on his book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.” Bogard seeks to restore 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.

Bogard is author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown, 2013) and the editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark (U of Nevada Press, 2008). A native Minnesotan, Bogard has lived and taught in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Reno, northern Wisconsin and Winston-Salem.

A graduate of Carleton College, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Nevada-Reno (Ph.D. in Literature and Environment), Bogard is now an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature

This Lobo Living Room presentation is free and family-friendly. RSVP is recommended by Feb. 3. For additional information contact the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808 or at