Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

ReSeeding the City: Ethnobotany in the Urban

Saturday, October 26, 2019

9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

First floor, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

ReSeeding the City: Ethnobotany in the Urban

Drawing from indigenous, cross-cultural, and Western knowledge traditions, artists, academics, designers, urban planners, farmers, botanists, and herbalists​ will share their perspectives on the entwined lives of humans, plants, and other life forms in urban New England.

Hosts
Sam Coren, PhD Student, Department of American Studies, Brown University
Aja Grande, PhD Student, Department of History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society (HASTS), MIT
Alexandra M. Peck, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, Brown University

Grounds Acknowledgement 
Dawn Dove, Narragansett / Niantic Elder, educator, and traditional knowledge keeper

Plenary
Elizabeth Hoover, Associate Professor of American Studies, Brown University
Rebecca Uchill, Full-Time Lecturer, Department of Art Education, Art History and Media Studies, UMass Dartmouth: "Reseeding to restoring: Contemporary art, living materials, and conservation culture"

Guides of Plant Workshop
Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director, Tomaquag Museum
Lorén Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum
Myrna Cabán Lezcano, Founder, Flor y Machete; former Associate Director of Education and Cultural Organizing, The High Line
Christal Whelan, PhD, Writer, Educator, and Anthropologist

Panelists
Sakinah Abdur-Rasheed, Natural Health Consultant, Community Health Worker
Sue AnderBois, Director of Food Strategy, State of Rhode Island 
Brian Byrnes, Deputy Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, City of Providence
Keely Curliss, Farmer, Brookwood Community Farm Youth Development Specialist, Root Crew, Greater Boston
Julius Kolawole, President and Co-Founder, African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI)
Myrna Cabán Lezcano, Associate Director of Education and Cultural Organizing, The High Line 

Research Panelists
Discussants: Alexandra M. Peck and Sam Lash
Dee Walls, Master's Student in Integrative Studies, Brown University
Eric Sepenoski, PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition, Northeastern University
Seth Pilotte, Master's Student in Environmental Science Candidate with a specialization in Environmental Planning and Design and Facilities Coordinator, University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus
Sefra Alexandra, The Seed Huntress, an Endurance Race Ethnobotanist
Odin Waters, Writer; former MA in Creative Writing Student, Rhode Island College
David Herrera, PhD Student in Political Science, Brown University
Hyunseok An, Master's Student in Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Lauren Kim, Master of Science Student in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies, Yale University
Mariel Collard Arias, Master's Student in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies (Risk and Resilience), Graduate School of Design Research Associate, Harvard University

Reading 
Student inmate compositions from Kate Lacouture's Garden Time program at the men's Maximum Security facility, Rhode Island Department of Corrections

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