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The Songs of Trees: Stories from nature's great connectors


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In this talk David George Haskell will describe how he has integrated contemplative, literary, and scientific studies of the natural world. What might we learn by paying repeated attention to very small parts of our neighborhoods or forests? David has explored this question by returning again and again to the same one-square-meter of old growth forest in Tennessee, then by repeatedly visiting individual trees in locations around the world. These explorations reveal the biological connections that sustain all life, in places as diverse as cities (Manhattan, Denver, Jerusalem), forests (in the Amazon, Rockies, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and conflict zones). In each place Haskell shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of forests and trees. In a world beset by barriers, Haskell reminds us that life's substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.

David George Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. His book, The Forest Unseen, was the recipient of numerous honors including the National Academies' Best Book Award for 2013 and finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. The book has been translated into ten languages. Haskell's second book, The Songs of Trees, examines biological networks through the lives of a dozen trees around the world. Haskell is the winner of the 2018 John Burroughs Medal for exceptional natural history writing and many other awards.

Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. To learn more information about future events visit cumuseum@colorado.edu.