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Lecture: Plant Feeling in the Anthropocene

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Gottwald Auditorium
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Join Mary Kuhn, University of Virgina Assistant Professor of English and Program in Environmental Thought and Practice:

In the 21st century, scientists and humanists are increasingly attracted to the notion of an autonomous and communicative plant realm. Forests have been described as socialist, and the liveliness of trees have become symbols in the fight against anthropogenic climate change. In this talk, Mary will argue that we should think about this conversation in light of its antecedents over a century ago. In the 19th century, a French novel about a man who falls in love with a flower became a bestseller in the United States, and writers for popular magazines asked whether plants could feel, think, or pursue their own strategies for success. Scientists and gardeners debated the idea of plant feeling and plant intelligence, and wondered if these ideas had ontological and ethical implications for human society. These 19th-century debates can help us clarify the political possibilities—and limits—to plant-based environmental thought.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Gottwald Auditorium

For more information contact:
Contact:  Nancy Propst
Phone: 287-6693

Sponsoring Department(s): Environmental Studies Program, the Global Studies Program, and the Department of Geography and the Environment