Worldview colors our understanding not only of ourselves, but of the other species with whom we share the planet. The language we use to describe them is a mirror of that thinking. In indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, plants are regarded not only as persons, but as among our oldest teachers. If plants are our teachers, what are they teaching us and how can we be better students? In a rich braid of ecological science, indigenous philosophy and literary reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, Dr. Kimmerer explores and celebrates the material and cultural gifts of plants and our responsibilities for reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
Robin Kimmerer is a Distinguished Teaching Profesor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, focusing on programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge of sustainability. Of European and Anishinaabe ancestry, she is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of "Gathering Moss," for which she received the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing. Her latest book "Sweetgrass" was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm