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The Fortress, the River, the Garden: A New Metaphor for Knowledge Symbiosis

April 28, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Webinar: The 2022 Ben and Jeanne Overman Distinguished Speaker Series features Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer in “The Fortress, the River, the Garden: A New Metaphor for Knowledge Symbiosis.”
Dr. Kimmerer 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.

Dr. Kimmerer 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 that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS, and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

Generous support for this conference was provided by the Ben and Jeanne Overman Distinguished Speaker Series with coordination from the Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities subcommittee and the UMD Chancellor’s Office.

Register for the webinar here.


April 28, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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