Robin Kimmerer on "Learning the Grammar of Animacy"

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
Kenyon College
Higley Hall Auditorium
202 N College Road
Gambier, OH 43022
United States



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.