Note: Out of concern for the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Visitor Center will be closed and in-person Arboretum events are cancelled until further notice. Please join us for our fall virtual programming. COVID-19 updates»

Arboretum Public Talks

Fall 2020 Free Virtual Lecture Series
Land, Culture, Identity: Roots of Resilience

Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
7–8:30 p.m.
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October 6
Decolonization and Indigenization of Agriculture: The Foundation of Building a Resilient Regenerative System. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the owner-founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and founder and president of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. This talk will focus on regenerative poultry as a foundation of laying out the strategic, methodological application of a decolonizing and indigenization process for an industry sector. Free. Registration is closed.

October 13
Preserving the Wisdom of the Land and Traditional Food Systems through Education. Elena Terry is the founder and executive chef of Wild Bearies, and the food and culinary program coordinator for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. She is a member of the Hočąk (Ho-Chunk) Nation. Free. Registration is closed.

October 20
Honor the Guardians, Respect the Land. Pao Vue, PhD, is a wetland biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hmong traditional beliefs speak of supernatural forest guardians watching over the land and wild animals. This presentation will delve into these beliefs and discuss how they have shaped how Hmong interact with the land and natural geographical features. Free. Register by October 16.

October 27
The African American Land Ethic. Lillian “Ebonie” Alexander is the executive director of the Black Family Land Trust. The BFLT defines the African American Land Ethic as blending the concepts of phenomenology, Leopold’s land ethic, and cultural competence to describe African Americans’ historical relationship with the land and how that relationship dictates the value placed on land ownership in the United States, particularly in the rural south. Free. Register by October 23.

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Winter Enrichment Lectures

The Arboretum’s long-running Winter Enrichment series offers lectures for naturalists in the greater Madison area as well as for volunteers, friends, and interested public. The ten-week series runs January to March. See the Winter Enrichment page for more information.