Director’s Lecture Series

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Each winter, Director William (Ned) Friedman and the Arnold Arboretum present the Director’s Lecture Series, featuring nationally recognized experts addressing an array of topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science. The Director’s Lecture Series is open to current Arnold Arboretum members only; visit our membership page for information on becoming a member. Lectures take place in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall. Parking will be available along the Arborway and in front of the Hunnewell Building on lecture nights.

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2019 Series


The Future of Environmental Protection

Gina McCarthy, Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard University

Reschedules to Monday, May 13, 7:00–8:15pm; Hunnewell Building

This lecture has been rescheduled from February 11. This program has sold out.

International cooperation on mitigating climate change has lost momentum since the US withdrew from the 2015 Paris Agreement last year. What does this mean for the health of the planet and the life it supports? Gina McCarthy has dedicated her 35-year career in public service to environmental protection and public health. In this talk, McCarthy will discuss current efforts at the federal level to rollback core public health protections and actions taken to counter climate change. She will also address recent attacks on the field of science. Then, looking forward, she will lead a discussion on future challenges in public health and the health of our planet. Members only. Free, but registration required. Space is limited.

Giving Voice to Nature: with Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and William (Ned) Friedman

Monday, March 25, 7:00–8:15pm; Weld Hill Research Building

This program has sold out.
Register to attend the simulcast being offered at the Hunnewell Building.

Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Arnold Arboretum Director William “Ned” Friedman will join voices in this guided conversation about trees. Melding readings with discussion; drawing on mystery, lore, and science; they will convey the challenges and rewards of trying to represent non-humans—speaking both for and as the trees. Register early for this animated and enriching convergence of arboreal thinkers. Members only. Free, but registration required. Space is limited.