Dec 2nd 2017

English language positions humans and nature as very separate entities. How do we talk about the natural world in a way that recognizes our interdependence on an entire living system? How do we acknowledge plants specifically as our kin?

Come have a conversation with two specialists on plants and language!

This event is part of our Artist in Residence Program’s lecture series. The Garfield Park Conservatory Artist in Residence Program is presented by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance with funding from the Albert Pick Jr. Fund and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

Claire Pentecost is the Garfield Park Conservatory’s 2017 Artist in Residence. Claire is writer, artist and a professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz is an Indigenous woman of Cree and Métis decent. She teaches Ojibwe language classes at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she is an Associate Professor. Her Ojibwe language classes are available for free at this link: She has worked on several projects revitalizing Ojibwe botanical knowledge within Native communities. She is the author and editor of several texts about how Ojibwe people work with and think about plants and trees. These include: Our Knowledge is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings and Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do is Ask.

Aubrey Streit Krug is a writer and teacher in the environmental humanities who researches stories of relationships between humans and plants. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Aubrey earned her PhD in English and Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also a student of the Omaha language, and part of a team of learners, educators, and elder speakers who have collaborated on an Omaha language and culture textbook that is forthcoming with the University of Nebraska Press.

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