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2017 Fall Lecture Series

All lectures are free and open to the public. No registration required.

William H. and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture
The Axe of the Spoiler
Ishion Hutchinson, Poet and Assistant Professor of English, Cornell University
Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 p.m; Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Garden Party to follow at the Gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center  


Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture
The Songs of Trees: Tree acoustics, ecology, and ethics
David G. Haskell, Ph.D. Author and Professor of Biology, The University of
the South, Sewanee, TN.
Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 p.m; Statler Hall Auditorium

William J. Hamilton Lecture    
The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer
R. William Thomas, Executive Director of Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden
Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. Statler Hall Auditorium



Audrey O’Connor Lecture
Plants, magic and molecules: The search for new cures from old

Cassandra Quave,
Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health, Emory University School of Medicine and Curator of the Emory University Herbarium
Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m; Gates Hall G01 

Park Rx America: Prescribing parks to prevent and treat chronic disease
Robert Zarr, MD, MPH, Staff Pediatrician, Unity Health Care, Founder,;
Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m; Statler Hall Auditorium
In partnership with Nature Rx @Cornell, Cornell Health, Horticulture Section, Masters of Public Health degree program

Class of 1945 Lecture  
Adapt and Thrive: Creatively Living in a Climate Changed World
Alizé Carrère, National Geographic Explorer & Cultural Ecologist
Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m; Statler Auditorium






The Fall Lecture Series is sponsored, in part, by The Statler Hotel at Cornell University.

One credit course
Students can attend Cornell Botanic Gardens Lecture Series, Hort 4800, as  a one-credit, S/U course. On non-lecture Wednesdays, the class meets to discuss content from the previous week. Students are required to write a reaction paper for each lecture.