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Tracking Kinship: Natural History and Wild Respect

November 15, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join NHI for a virtual event with internationally-renowned herpetologist Dr. Harry Greene which will explore the role of natural history in finding our path forward through the age of climate crises.

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Dr. Harry Greene, an internationally recognized authority on snakes, taught ecology, vertebrate natural history, and evolutionary biology first at UC Berkeley, then for many years at Cornell University, and is now affiliated with the University of Texas. He is the author of two books – Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, which won a PEN Literary Award and was a New York Times Notable book, and Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology As Art—in addition to well over one hundred scientific papers. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Harry W. Greene, Cornell University, for the Natural Histories Project. Benjamin Drummond/bdsjs.com

E.B. White famously said, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” In our current time of devastating climate change and social and ecological upheavals, finding the balance between savoring and saving the world becomes more challenging, and more essential. We’ll explore the role of attentive natural history—the direct practice of savoring the world—in addressing the seeming unraveling of the world with Dr. Harry Greene, a world-renowned field biologist, international authority on snakes, and outspoken advocate for bold conservation action.

“Tracking Kinship: Natural History and Wild Respect” is a part of NHI’s webinar series “Savoring and Saving the World: Facing the Future in This Present Moment,” hosted by Dr. Tom Fleischner.

This event series is sponsored by Slater & Rutherford.


November 15, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Natural History Institute