Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Knowledge and Spirituality for Sustainability

Presentation by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM
Pellegrene Auditorium, Saint John’s University

An accomplished scientist and professor, Robin Wall Kimmerer earned a wide following of readers with her best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass: Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (2013). In this program, Kimmerer will discuss experiences and ideas that are at the heart of that book. Emphasis will be placed on the intersection of Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and science.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses (2003), was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her Braiding Sweetgrass, which has sold more than a half million copies, received the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.

This event is sponsored by the CSB/SJU Environmental Studies Department with support from the Initiative for Native Nation Relations and Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. More information can be found on the Environmental Studies Department’s webpage for this event.