Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

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Location: Polly Hill Arboretum

Date: Thursday, August 15


Description: David H. Smith Memorial Lecture

Join Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to learn more about biophilia, the theory that humans have an inherent need to affiliate with nature. Kellert, a pioneer in the field of biophilia, asserts that our capacities to think, feel, communicate, create, and find meaning in life all depend upon our relationship to nature, while at the same time the modern problems of environmental degradation and increasing disconnection from nature represent serious obstacles to the beneficial experience of the natural world. In this talk, based on his recent book, “Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World” he discusses how the restoration of a healthy environment must originate not in our desire to “save” the planet but in a profound realization we must only sustain those things which contribute to our own well-being.

Sponsored by SBS
$10/$5 for PHA members