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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, exploring  connections with people, microbes, fungi, and other plants and animals. He takes us to  trees in cities (from Manhattan to Jerusalem), forests (Amazonian, North American, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones.)  In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.

Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, Haskell reveals the biological connections that underpin all life.  In a world beset by barriers, he reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.

There will be a book signing following the lecture.

David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 2012 book The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award.  Along with his scholarly research, he has published essays, op-eds, and poetry.

sponsored by the School of Divinity's Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program

Thursday, February 8 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Religious, Speakers, Special Events, Diversity

Departments

School of Divinity, Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students

Website

http://divinity.wfu.edu/fieldwork

Cost

Free

Hashtag

#wakediv

Contact name

Hilary Floyd, Program Associate for Community and Lifelong Learning

Contact email

floydhj@wfu.edu

Contact phone number

336.758.2736

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