Grand Valley State University Presents: Robin Wall Kimmerer

"What Does the Earth Ask of Us?"

We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the covenant of reciprocity, how might we use the gifts and the responsibilities of human people in support of mutual thriving in a time of ecological crisis.

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Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling collection of essays Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants as well as Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses.

Kimmerer is a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. She 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.

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Robin Wall Kimmerer will be giving her presentation at Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, November 8, at 11:15 am at the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.

Event seating is open to the public. 

The event will be live-streamed at two GVSU Campuses:

Grand Rapids: Loosemore Auditorium (Richard M. DeVos Center, 401 West Fulton Street)

Allendale: Pere Marquette Room (Russel H. Kirkhof Center, 1 Campus Dr) 

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Registration is not required to attend the live event. 

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The Conversation the GVSU Teach-In!

The 2023 GVSU Teach-In kicks off with this highly anticipated talk live-streamed to Loosemore Auditorium! Be sure to swing by the Teach-In face-to-face sessions, which will be taking place on the downtown Pew campus on November 8 and on the Allendale campus on November 9. 

Visit the Teach-In Website for full details!

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