The Language of Earth

The Language of Earth

Lessons from Indigenous Wisdom and the Natural World
March 2, 2025
Featuring:
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Author, 2022 MacArthur Fellow, Plant Ecologist and Educator

Conversations on Indigenous Wisdom, Democracy, Environment and Climate Change

Nationally celebrated writer, educator, botanist, mother, and Native American (she is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Robin Wall Kimmerer speaks to us about the centrality of Nature in our busy lives.

Moderated by: Trish Corchoran

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Moss, scientifically details the 350 million year evolution of moss as it transformed our planet from a fiery volcanic landscape to a biologically rich and diverse global environment capable of sustaining life as we know it. Her second book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, became a surprise word-of-mouth sensation, popular book club read and New York Times bestseller. The book explores indigenous wisdom and culture to teach values of sustainable harvesting, restorative reciprocal care, and appreciation for the gifts of (and responsibilities for) the bounty of our planet. It has been said that her words are a hymn to the world.

Robin’s talk will be moderated by Trish Corcoran, whose background includes being on the board of Friends of Ganondagan, being a member of the Tonawanda Onondaga Nation, and playing an organizing role in Rochester’s Indigenous People’s Day and various Rochester area story-telling events. She is also an educator, naturalist and steward of The Harley School’s Pollinator Garden. Many of her teachings employ the Iroquois principles of democracy and thanksgiving that are core values in Robin’s written work and public speaking.

Moderated by: Trish Corchoran

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Moss, scientifically details the 350 million year evolution of moss as it transformed our planet from a fiery volcanic landscape to a biologically rich and diverse global environment capable of sustaining life as we know it. Her second book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, became a surprise word-of-mouth sensation, popular book club read and New York Times bestseller. The book explores indigenous wisdom and culture to teach values of sustainable harvesting, restorative reciprocal care, and appreciation for the gifts of (and responsibilities for) the bounty of our planet. It has been said that her words are a hymn to the world.

Robin’s talk will be moderated by Trish Corcoran, whose background includes being on the board of Friends of Ganondagan, being a member of the Tonawanda Onondaga Nation, and playing an organizing role in Rochester’s Indigenous People’s Day and various Rochester area story-telling events. She is also an educator, naturalist and steward of The Harley School’s Pollinator Garden. Many of her teachings employ the Iroquois principles of democracy and thanksgiving that are core values in Robin’s written work and public speaking.

About Robin Wall Kimmerer:

Robin Wall Kimmerer is the State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse and founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She works with tribal nations on solving environmental problems and sustainability, and works on recovering historical knowledge ranging from saving a disappearing indigenous language to the scientific investigation into the inherent intelligence of plants.

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