Common Reading author Robin Wall Kimmerer to speak at EMU

Robin Wall Kimmerer, professor emeritus at the State University of New York and director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples and the Environment at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will speak at the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom at noon January 24.

Kimmerer is the author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants,” the University of Oregon’s joint reading selection for the 2021-22 academic year. In her book, Kimmerer writes a series of ecological essays that blend her scientific training, Indigenous knowledge, and first-hand experiences to explore the relationship between humans and the land.

“‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ weaves our hearts, minds and spirits together in a search for that life-affirming knowledge that is within our reach if we are just willing to listen,” said Alai Reyes-Santos, professor of practice at the faculty. by right, in an edition of the book that features reviews from members of the UO community.

Learn more about how to receive a copy of the book on the UO Common Reading website.

Kimmerer’s lecture will include topics on Indigenous knowledge, Western science, sustainability and rebuilding a connection to the land. It will also feature a question and answer session at the end.

Kimmerer said she hopes attendees come away with a renewed sense of how humans can be medicine for the earth, living as if we are eco-citizens, who return the gifts of the earth, not just consumers. .

“Inevitably, deep attention leads you to understand the world as a gift – not a commodity – and that awareness prompts a desire to give a gift back. Returning to the land, entering into reciprocity is a way of creating a relationship with the land. Humility is also integral to knowing the earth in this way, understanding that the earth can be our teacher if we are able to listen.

The author’s visit underscores UO’s commitment to being a leading institution in Indigenous knowledge, research and teaching practices.

Members of the UO community and Indigenous and Indigenous members of the public are welcome to join the event in person. Participants must register online and provide proof of vaccination upon entry to the event.

The call will also be streamed live, which will be available to the UO community and the public. Sign up for the livestream to receive a link via email.

In addition to the speaking event, Kimmerer will also visit many groups on campus.

by Kaitlyn Jimenez, University Communications

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