Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)
CLSC: "Braiding Sweetgrass" with Robin Wall Kimmerer
Originally broadcast Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781571313560
Botanist and Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in the Hall of Philosophy to give the author’s presentation for the 2022 CLSC selection, Braiding Sweetgrass. A New York Times, a Washington Post, and a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Braiding Sweetgrass has been hailed as the “Best Essay Collection of the Decade” (Literary Hub). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she 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. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return. 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 and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. This program was originally recorded at Chautauqua Institution’s Hall of Philosophy on July 7, 2022.
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