Saturday, September 24, 2016
To make a prairie, it takes a clover and one bee,-One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
Perched between prairie and woodlands, between urban and rural, our Minnesota landscape is unique; it is the subject of nostalgia for things lost and a contested ground for a sustainable future. To deeply understand our Midwestern place takes both bees and reverie, in Emily Dickinson’s words—both scientist and poet.
Experience a one-day seminar on the prairie that attempts to reveal the richness of our landscape through careful scientific observation and thoughtful reflection guided by literature. Enjoy a day of wondering and wandering through the wild restored prairie at Belwin Conservancy in Afton, MN.
Cecilia Konchar Farr is Chair of English, Carondelet Scholar, and Professor of English and Women’s Studies in the Women’s College at St. Kate’s. Her research interests all circle around novels—their history, their (women) readers, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work. In short, professionally and personally, she likes big books.
Jill Welter is an ecosystem scientist and Associate Professor at St. Kate’s with expertise in the ecology of streams. She maintains an active research program and engages undergraduate students in her research, which focuses on understanding how environmental change, including climate warming and eutrophication, influences species interactions and nutrient cycling in stream ecosystems. Jill has a strong interest in the intersection between art and science.