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Special Partnership Presentations
Special Partnership Presentations of
Academy of Science

Throughout the year, Special Partnership Presentations of the Academy of Science – St. Louis highlight Academy partners, community and civic organizations and friends, and introduce singular and distinctive opportunities for the public to interact with scientists and science professionals and to learn more about issues in science, engineering, medicine and technology.

 
Upcoming Special Partnership Presentations
Apr 30th, 2014 (Wed)
Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis 2014 Public Lecture and Book Signing

Featured Speaker: Stephen Kellert, Ph.D., Tweedy/Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and author, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

Human health and well-being are inextricably linked to nature, and our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance. Social ecologist, Stephen Kellert, is a pioneer in the field of biophilia—the study of human beings' inherent affinity for nature. In his engaging book, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, he sets forth the first full account of nature's powerful influence on the quality of our lives. Dr. Kellert asserts that our capacities to think, feel, communicate, create, and find meaning in life all depend upon our relationship to nature. And yet our increasing disconnection and alienation from the natural world reflect how seriously we have undervalued its important role in our lives.

Weaving scientific findings together with personal experiences and perspectives, Kellert explores how our humanity in the most fundamental sense—including our physical health, and capacities for affection, aversion, intellect, control, aesthetics, exploitation, spirituality, and communication are deeply contingent on the quality of our connections to the natural world. Because of this dependency, the human species has developed over the course of its evolution an inherent need to affiliate with nature. But, like much of what it means to be human, this inborn tendency must be learned to become fully functional. In other words, it is a birthright that must be earned. He discusses how we can restore this balance to nature with changes in how we raise children, educate ourselves, use land and resources, develop building and community design, practice our ethics, and conduct our everyday lives.

In this moving and engaging lecture, Dr. Kellert provides exactly what is needed now: a fresh understanding of how much our essential humanity relies on being a part of the natural world.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, or call 314.533.8586.

Location:
Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63110

Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World is co-sponsored by:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big River Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, Chicago Wilderness, Purdue University, Central Indiana Land Trust, Empower Results, and Illinois Natural History Survey

in Partnership with the following organizations:

 
Jun 18th, 2014 (Wed)
Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis 2014 Public Lecture & Book Signing

Featured Speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Arizona Southwest Center; Arab-American essayist, poet, and author, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

"The lyrical scholar of genetic diversity," says Monticello agricultural historian, Peter Hatch.

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the “local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, The New York Times, Bioneers and TIME magazine.

With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.

In his new book, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Gary Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America to offer time-tried strategies that just may help us secure food in the face of climate change.

Praise for Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land...

"Everyone who grows food — make that, everyone who eats food — should be grateful he wrote it. An homage to old wisdom and to the latter-day soil magicians who are Nabhan’s living muses, it is a rich herbarium of delicious, hardy sustenance and a manual for our future.”
- Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown

"In a world where climate change is the new normal, Gary Nabhan offers a blueprint for food production."
- Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight, CAFO, and Farming with the Wild

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, or call 314.533.8586.

Location:
Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63110

Partnering organizations: