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Fall 2021 Virtual Discussion Group: Plants, People, and the Humanities

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In Fall 2021, to accompany our Plants, People, and the Humanities event series, the HLSS discussion group will be reading chapters from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s books: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2013) and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses (2003). Electronic editions of her books are available through the TAMU library.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 14, 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom. We will be reading “Burning Sweetgrass” and “Epilogue: Returning the Gift” (pp. 301-384) in Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2013). The book is available as an electronic edition through the TAMU main library.

Meeting ID: 964 8290 2394
Passcode: 787630
Zoom link

Robin Wall Kimmerer “…is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the 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 our shared goals of sustainability.”

“Celebrating Old Growth

You might be interested in viewing the discussion hosted by Yale Forest Forum: “Celebrating Old Growth: A Conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Robert Macfarlane, and David Haskell”

View the recording here.

 


Past Discussions

Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
4:00-5:00 pm (CST), via Zoom

HLSS Discussion Group on Covid-19 and the Environment

 Here are a few materials to serve as the basis of our discussion. These short pieces form just a small set of ever-growing responses to environmental, animal welfare, and other issues in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On human-wildlife interactions, environment, climate change:

On air pollution:

On sound and the environment:


Wednesday October 23rd, 2019
12:30PM – 2:00PM
Glasscock 311

HLSS Discussion Group: Oceanic Humanities Readings

Readings for this meeting are by our two keynote speakers for the Oceanic Humanities symposium. Rozwadowski’s 2018 book is available in the library, and further publications can be found here http://fathomingtheocean.com/articles/

Click here to download the reading sample from Rozwadowski.
Click here to download the reading sample from Winkiel.