July 25, 2021 — Summer Reading Discussions

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Dear Colgate Class of ’25,

Summer is sailing by here in Hamilton, N.Y., as the campus community buzzes with activity and expectation for your arrival in a few short weeks.

I cordially invite you to attend one or more special Zoom book club-style discussions about Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.

We hope you have enjoyed reading and have been challenged by Professor Kimmerer’s book of essays as much as we have. We’ve lined up a great list of facilitators to lead the book club discussions and who are looking forward to hearing your reactions and some thoughts. I know you have an assignment related to the book that needs to be completed by August 9th. Most of these sessions will occur prior to the deadline and could prove really helpful as you formulate your response to the prompt.

Book Discussion Options Week of July 25

Thursday, July 29, 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
“Among the Maples: Our Ecological Sense of Place” with John Pumilio

Friday, July 30, 3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
“Planting, Picking and Braiding: Place and Belonging with Strawberries, Three Sisters, and Plantain” with Professor Margaretha Haughwout

Friday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
“Becoming Indigenous” to Colgate” with Professor Ferdinand von Muench

Book Discussion Options Week of August 1

Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.
“From the Big Bang to the Skywoman Falling” with Professor Jeff Bary

Thursday, August 5, 10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
“Language as Gift and Responsibility” with Jenn Lutman

Friday, August 6, 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
“Indigenous Wisdom and Happiness” with Professor Peter Klepeis

Friday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
“Together all: Learning From the Wisdom of our Environment” with Esther Rosbrook

Book Discussion Options Week of August 8

Tuesday, August 10, 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 
with Pamela Gramlich

Wednesday, August 11, 12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
with Jeremy Wattles

All the best,

Jeff Bary
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University Professor for FSEMs, Global Engagement, and Core Distinction
Co-Director, Coleman and Irene Brown Commons