Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 pm

An Evening with Emma Marris
Co-hosted by St. Catherine University Endowed Chair in the Sciences and Wisdom Ways

Nature is not something that is ‘out there’ and separate from our daily lives, says writer Emma Marris. Instead we are surrounded by a rambunctious garden that has been shaped by human beings—which raises significant questions. If no ecosystem is pristine and we cannot go back to a natural world untouched by human activity, how will we go forward?  How do we conserve, protect, and engage with nature? What is nature and what is our place within it?

Drawing on the work of a diverse group of scientists and community leaders, Marris answers some of these questions. She offers ways to embrace nature in our backyards and cities and make decisions that benefit conservation, species diversity, and environmental health in a ‘post-wild world.’

For Earth Day, she’ll help us understand the science and ecology principles at work in ecosystems so we can become part of the design team that shapes how our world looks and functions.


What if we saw the earth as part of the body of God, not as separate from God (who dwells elsewhere), but as the visible reality of the invisible God?

Sallie McFague  

COST:  $15.00; free for students with ID

Emma Marris will be part of other Wisdom Ways programs during Earth Week.
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Science writer Emma Marris, author of The Rambunctious Garden, tells stories that help us understand the past, take meaningful action in the present, and move towards a greener, wilder, happier, and more equal future. Her stories have been featured in the New York Times, Nature, Orion, and National Geographic.

Learn more about Emma:

Emma Marris at TedSummit
Nature is Everywhere–we just need to learn to see it

How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris.


LOCATION: Jeanne D’ Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

INFO: DirectionsCampus Map

Parking: Parking permits not needed on campus between the hours of 5:00 pm and 2:00 am.

Near Jeanne D’ Arc Auditorium, there are 3 handicapped spaces; their availability cannot be determined in advance.

Parking is not advised in the following areas: admissions parking, reserved parking, 10 minute parking, handicapped parking (unless state-permitted) and fire lanes.

In the event of inclement weather, call the University’s severe weather information line at 651-690-8666.

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