Plants, People, and the Humanities

This series of events explores research in the humanities and other disciplines concerning the relationship between people and plants. The series is hosted by the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative. During 2021-2022, LAND features as our main theme and, through it, we explore the deep, foundational role that plants play in the ecosystems that support life on Earth. These events highlight the variety of human-plant relationships—from individual relationships like those experienced in a garden, to broad, societal relationships and dependencies on land like agriculture and forestry—and how these relationships are expressed through different worldviews and contexts.

Series flyer

Humanities & Science Exchanges: Human-Plant Relationships

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Leach Teaching Gardens Pavilion, Texas A&M campus
4:15-6:15pm

Please RSVP at tx.ag/PlantsRSVP

Speakers: Dr. Allison Hopkins (Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M) & Dr. Kenneth R. Hurst (Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)

4:15 PM: Opening and Introductions

4:30 – 5:15 PM: Discussion between speakers

5:15 – 5:40 PM: Q&A

5:40 PM: Closing Remarks

5:45 – 6:15 PM: Attendees tour the gardens

Exploring People-Plant Relationships in the Arts and Philosophy

Friday, November 5, 2021
Zoom Webinar | Register at tx.ag/PlantsRegistration
10:00am – 1:15pm Central Time

This webinar, hosted by the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, features talks and discussion by artists and philosophers exploring people-plant relationships in gardens and the rural landscape.

10:00: Dr. Emily Brady (Texas A&M), Opening remarks

10:10-10:50: Dr. Isis Brook (Crossfields Institute) | “Engaging with the Plant Realm”

10:50-11:10: Q&A

11:10-11:20: Break

11:20-12:00: Dr. Reiko Goto and Dr. Tim Collins (Collins & Goto Studio) | “Ancient boglands and the Irish peat industry: Does Culture Mitigate Ecocide?”

12.00-12.20: Q&A

12:20-12:30: Break

12:30-12:50: Dr. Marcello Di Paola (University of Palermo), Respondent

12:50-1:15: Closing discussion

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