Living with Plants Symposium

Check out these free talks with scholars from around the country and world!


Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall


SCHEDULE (Friday, February 23rd, 2018)
9:00-9:20 - Breakfast
9:20-9:30 - Welcome Remarks
9:30-11:00 - Panel 1

Moderator: Jim Igoe (Anthropology, UVA)


—Courtney Fullilove (History, Wesleyan University): “The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture”

—Gabriela Soto Laveaga (History of Science, Harvard): “Hybrid Seeds, National Dreams: ‘Development’ Wheat from Mexican Farmers to Indian Fields”


11:15-12:45 — Panel 2

Moderator: Sean Ferguson (STS, UVA)

—Theresa Kelley (English, Wisconsin): “Plant Pathologies, or, Regendering the System of Nature”

—Cassandra Quave (Center for Human Health, Emory): “The Role of Medicinal Plants in Anti-Infective Drug Discovery”


12:45-1:30 — Lunch


1:30-3:00 — Panel 3

Moderator: Jessica Sewell (Architecture and American Studies, UVA)

—Tony Perry (American Studies, Maryland): “Bondage and the Botanical: Plants on the Landscape of Slavery in Antebellum Maryland”

—Annie Merrill (English, Davidson): “Accuracy, Botany, Competence: Revisiting the Language of Flowers”


3:30-5:00 — Keynote (in Bryan 229)

—Michael Marder (Philosophy, University of the Basque Country): "Plants and Philosophy, Plants or Philosophy"


5:00 — Recenption (in Bryan 229)