Robin Wall Kimmerer on indigenous wisdom and science

braiding sweetgrassRobin Wall Kimmerer will give a lecture based on her nonfiction book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Press), on December 1 at 7 p.m. (ET). Her presentation will be in webinar format followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Kimmerer is a scientist, educator, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation whose interests include restoration of ecological communities and restoration of our relationships to land. A SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, she is founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for shared goals of sustainability. According to the publisher of Braiding Sweetgrass: “In a rich braid of reflections, [Kimmerer] circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.” She also is the author of the award-winning book Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Kimmerer’s talk is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and is cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. Pre-registration is required.

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