Restoration and Reciprocity: Healing Relationships with the Natural World



Robin Wall Kimmerer in the forest at night

Monday, October 4, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Available to watch on YouTube until October 18, 2021


Join us for the 2021 Snider Lecture featuring an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer as she draws on Indigenous and scientific wisdom to offer lessons on how we can heal our relationships with the natural world.

Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This thought-provoking discussion and Q&A will explore the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. Together, we will trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice, and consider how the integration of Indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land, but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Each registrant will be automatically entered to win one of 10 signed copies of a hardcover special edition of Braiding Sweetgrass. See Contest Rules and Regulations.

Copies of Braiding Sweetgrass are also available for purchase at the U of T Bookstore.

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Headshot of Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer 
2021 Snider Lecturer

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, 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 Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer 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, whose mission is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge, and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

The Snider Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Snider family and their endowment that allows UTM to host public lectures that enrich the intellectual and cultural life of members within and outside the UTM community.

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