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Chestnut Chat Series: Exploring Big Questions for American Chestnut Restoration

March 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Have you ever wondered…

What is the essence of an American chestnut?

What is it that makes a native plant native?

Why is it important to restore the American chestnut?

Who and what will benefit from that restoration?

How do we define the native range and why is that a priority for restoration?

In the next live Chestnut Chat on Friday, March 19 at 11:30 AM (EST) we will tackle some of the more nebulous questions associated not only with American chestnut restoration, but any restoration project. Staff, members, and volunteers often face these questions and, rather than there being a single answer, there is a spectrum of possibilities, all based one’s underlying experiences and assumptions.

We will be joined by three panelists, who will give overviews of these significant topics, followed by a discussion and Q&A period. Our guests will be Evelyn Brister, Professor in Philosophy of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, who will focus on the questions of “wildness,” Katie Barnhill-Dilling, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at North Carolina State University will discuss how cultural background and perspective drives one’s definition and implementation of restoration, and  Robert Laport, Assistant Professor of Biology at Rhodes College, who will help us define the processes we go through to find answers to these questions.

Be prepared to be challenged, and challenge others with your questions and thoughts on these topics, and any other philosophical areas you can think of!

Participants can join one of two ways:

Computer (via Zoom Webinar)
The meeting will open 15 minutes prior to start time to allow an audio and video test. You will be prompted to enter an email address once you click on this link. (Entering an email is a formality of Zoom Webinar and will not be used for solicitation. If you do not want to provide your email, you can choose to use a fake one.)

+1-646-876-9923. When prompted, enter this webinar ID#: 949 1118 8730
International numbers available by clicking here.


March 19, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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