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2019 John Dwyer Public Lecture—American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

Award-winning historian and author Victoria Johnson, Ph.D., delivers the 2019 John Dwyer Public Lecture, sponsored by Saint Louis University Department of Biology and the Missouri Botanical Garden, with promotional support from The Academy of Science - St. Louis.

Johnson’s illustrated lecture features her new book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton, have called “captivating.” American Eden was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, a finalist for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018.

Free

Landscape Performance Series: Making the Case for Sustainable Landscape Solutions

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: This event is now being held at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium.

FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Registration is required. CLICK "Find Out More" to register!

PROGRAM
5:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking (refreshments included)
6:15 p.m. Formal Presentation

Featured Speaker: Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Understanding the environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results. This session introduces and explores the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to achieving sustainability and reaching key decision-makers.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

Free

2017 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture: Human Impacts on Insect Affairs—Turnabout is Not Fair Play

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Missouri Botanical Garden lots.

Featured speaker: May Berenbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Entomology, Swanlund Chair of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; recipient, 2014 National Medal of Science

Highly respected and groundbreaking American entomologist, May Berenbaum, Ph.D., talks about her current research on insect-plant co-evolution, applicable to sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities.

Free

Discover Madagascar: Plant Detectives

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration Required. Click “Find Out More” to register.

Featured Speaker: Peter Phillipson, M.Sc., Associate Curator and Project Manager, Catalogue of Vascular Plants of Madagascar, Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden Associate Curator, Peter Phillipson, tells the story of his scientific journey to discover Clerodendrum kamhyoae, a species from Madagascar new to science.

Journey of an Africanist

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration not required.

Featured Speaker: James Miller, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Science and Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden

Join Missouri Botanical Garden Senior VP for Science and Conservation, Dr. James Miller for a fascinating look at the botany of Madagascar and Africa and its application for conservation and human impact.

Free

The World We Create: Our Role in Confronting Climate Change

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

2016 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is required. To RSVP call 314-516-4246, or email johnsa@umsl.edu.

Featured Speaker: Frances Beinecke, McCluskey Fellow, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Senior Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council and past president NRDC, 2006 - 2015

Under Ms. Beinecke’s leadership, the Natural Resources Defense Council focused on finding solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, including establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.

Free

Saving Orchids: Botany to the Rescue

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration required. Register by Friday, March 11.

Registration & networking:
5:30 to 6 p.m.
Formal program: 6 to 7 p.m. Reception: 7 to 8 p.m.
Wine, beer, and light appetizers.

Orchid Show open.

As part of the Wild Ideas Worth Sharing series, Dr. Tariq Stévart of the Missouri Botanical Garden's global research team presents his work with orchid conservation and unique advancements in shadehouse propagation. He is joined by Babs Wagner of the Garden's horticulture staff to share information about the Garden's orchid collection and provide tips for home orchid growing.

Free

Lessons from the Hive: Following the Wild Bees

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Hear from one of the world's most renowned honey bee behavioralists, Dr. Thomas Seeley, recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Prize for his work in the field of Biology.

"Dr. Seeley is an engaging guide. His enthusiasm and admiration for honeybees is infectious. His accumulated research seems truly masterly, doing for bees what E.O. Wilson did for ants," says former New York Times editor, Katherine Bouton.

-- a BeeSpeakSTL Seminar and Book Signing

Cost: $22 in advance, $28 at the door (does not include lunch). OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reserve your seat now! Tickets at BeeSpeakSTL.com, or call 314-471-5122. Parking is free in the Missouri Botanical Garden Lots.

Featured Speaker: Thomas Dyer Seeley, Ph.D., Horace White Professor in Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University; and author, Honeybee Democracy and the forthcoming, Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting (April, 2016)

$22

Wild Ideas Worth Sharing: Global Voices

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis Special Partnership Event
Convened since 2013 by BiodiverseCity St. Louis and the network of 100+ organizations it represents, Wild Ideas Worth Sharing returns with global perspectives on ways that cities, communities, and entire cultures can enable a greater diversity of life to survive and thrive.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration required.

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2015 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture – Amphibian Population Declines: Invasive Diseases and Consequences for Global Salamander Biodiversity

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Free and Open to the Public. R.S.V.P. to cindy_vantine@umsl.edu.

The Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture was established to bring experts in the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation to Saint Louis. This year we are very excited to welcome Dr. Karen Lips, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland.

Free

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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.

Free

Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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.

Free

The Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium 4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO

For more than half a century Professor Lincoln Brower has been investigating the biology of the monarch butterfly. Many of the widely known facts about monarchs presented in biology classes and nature documentaries are the result of his research on the monarch butterflies' chemical defense against predators and the ecological chemistry of the butterflies' interactions with their milkweed host plants. Realizing during his first expedition that the butterflies phenomenal migration and overwintering biology was threatened by logging in winter roost areas, he began conservation work that continues to this day with WWF-Mexico, government agencies in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, and numerous other colleagues.

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