Photo of Moss in a forest

What Plants Can Teach Us

Friday, December 1, 2017

10 – 11:30 a.m.

A Talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer blends science’s polished art of seeing with indigenous wisdom.

An expert bryologist and inspiration for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Signature of All Things, she believes mosses to be ancient storytellers from whom we can learn much about cooperation and sharing limited resources. The coral reefs of the forest and exemplars of living within one’s means, mosses build soil, purify water, and function as engines of biodiversity, even though most are less than a centimeter tall!

In this wide-ranging talk, Kimmerer shares insights from her current research and her book Braiding Sweetgrass, as well as her fervent belief that if we claim our own agency in tending to Earth, we can restore the relationship between plants and people.

Dr. Kimmerer’s talk will be followed by a conversation with special guest, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is an award-winning author, Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmenal Science and Forestry, and founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.