Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer's Residency

Robin Wall Kimmerer looks up towards the sky

Award Presentation of 2024 Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life Recipient Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

"Restoration and Reciprocity: Healing Relationships With the Natural World"

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Levin Ballroom

Doors open at 4pm

Free and open to the public

Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land, but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Signed Copies of Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass will be available to all students who attend.

For information about visitor parking please visit Brandeis' Department of Public Safety. 

Collaborative class visits during Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s residency at Brandeis (open events)

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024

2:30-3:50 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall

  • Ecofeminism and Climate Justice Activism (WGS 108A 1), Professor Sabine von Mering

  • The Political Economy of Global Climate Governance (ENVS 131B), Professor Claudia Horn

  • Teaching Science and History for Social Change (Grades PK-6) (ED 101B), Professor Rachel Theodorou Kramer

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024

9:05-9:55 a.m.
Gerstenzang 123

  • Cells and Organisms (BIOL 15B), Professor Maria Miara

  • Genetics and Genomics (BIOL 14A), Professor Rachel Woodruff

3:55-5:15 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall

  • International Environmental Conflict and Cooperation (ENVS 118B), Professor Charlie Chester

  • Plotting Inheritance (ENG 168B), Professor Faith Smith 

  • Environmental Law and Policy (LGLS 132B), Professor Julia Sauve