An Evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Mother, Scientist, Professor

Wednesday March 18th, 7:30pm

Proceeds benefit the McKenzie River Trust

The Shedd Institute, Eugene
Tickets: $15 Adults / $10 Students
Seating is reserved
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 541-434-7000 or at the Shedd’s ticket office, M-F 9am-6pm

**Doors open at 6:30pm

Robin Wall Kimmerer Credit: Dale Kakkak

Robin Wall Kimmerer is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching 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 OrionWhole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Trippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.”

“Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world.”―Elizabeth Gilbert

“Robin Wall Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people.” ―Jane Goodall

More About Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, nature writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environment and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, New York.  She is also founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.  As a writer and scientist interested in both restoration of ecological communities and restoration of our relationships to land, she draws on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge to help us reach goals of sustainability. For Kimmerer, however, sustainability is not the end goal; it’s merely the first step of returning humans to relationships with creation based in regeneration and reciprocity  

Kimmerer uses her science, writing and activism to support the hunger expressed by so many people for a “belonging in relationship to [the] land” that will sustain us all.  She writes, “… while expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical idea. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives on creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness.”