ONEONTA, N.Y. -- As part of SUNY Oneonta's "Restoring Indigenous Presence: Opening the Door to Native Americans" program, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Robin Kimmerer will present “Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground between Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge” at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 in the Craven Lounge at the Morris Conference Center on the college's campus. Admission to the reading is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.
Kimmerer, a faculty member at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her research interests include the ecology of mosses and the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration.
In collaboration with tribal partners, Kimmerer and her students research the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. Through this effort, she seeks to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community.
Kimmerer has published articles both on the science of plant ecology and on the contributions of traditional ecological knowledge to our understanding of the natural world. She has served as a writer-in-residence at the Andrews Experimental Forest, the Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her book, "Gathering Moss," was awarded the 2005 John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.
"Opening Doors" is a yearlong series of events highlighting the contributions of contemporary Native Americans to the fields of education, literature, science, art, and film. Funded by a $10,000 SUNY Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant from the SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity, "Opening Doors" is designed to open a dialogue about restoring the presence of Native Americans to Oneonta and welcoming the diverse voices and perspectives of Native Americans to the SUNY Oneonta campus. More information about the "Opening Doors" series or Kimmerer's lecture at SUNY Oneonta is available from Dr. Susan Bernardin of the SUNY Oneonta English Department at (607) 436-3225.