Robin Wall Kimmerer on “Braiding Sweetgrass” and special events series

Robin Wall Kimmerer
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Sweet Briar College is thrilled to welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer on March 23, 2022, for a special in-person (and livestream) presentation on her book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.”

In addition to this feature event, Sweet Briar is hosting a series of events that complement the themes of the book and align with the College’s focus on sustainability, creativity and the arts. We invite the public to join us and experience both a powerful presentation and our beautiful campus through immersive programs with faculty and guest artists.

Robin’s presentation on March 23 takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Murchison Lane Auditorium in the Babcock Fine Arts Center. The full schedule of accompanying events and registration links are listed below. The series is sponsored by Sweet Briar’s Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts and the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability.

About Robin

Robin’s book is the College’s Common Read selection for the 2021-2022 academic year. It has reached hundreds of thousands of readers who have embraced the book’s message of reimagining our relationship to the natural world for a more loving, fruitful, sustainable and generous future.

A botanist, teacher, mother, grandmother and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin writes from a place of deep scientific and spiritual knowledge. Her richly informed account of the gifts and lessons we receive from plants and animals, and from the forces of wind, rain and sunlight, sets the path to return us to ecological balance with the living world while giving us the knowledge to understand and celebrate our place in it.

Learn, Explore, Enjoy

With a full calendar of events at Sweet Briar, there is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the year: from art, music, dance, theatre and literature to birding, nature studies, science and sustainability. As spring arrives on campus, it’s a beautiful time to visit and experience a blend of relaxation, entertainment and learning. Also, the Elston Inn is the perfect place to stay overnight so you can take your time to enjoy the 2,840 acres that make up Sweet Briar’s historic campus.

Sweet Briar College campus

Schedule of Events

March 23, 2-3 p.m.
Nature Walk with Linda Fink
Train Station
Nature walk through Sweet Briar’s diverse habitats with ecology professor Linda Fink. $15

March 23, 5-7 p.m.
Public Reception
Mary Helen Cochran Library

Enjoy heavy hors-d’oeuvres featuring produce from the Sweet Briar greenhouse before Robin Wall Kimmerer’s presentation. $35

March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Robin Wall Kimmerer on “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Murchison Lane Auditorium, Babcock Fine Arts Center
Robin’s feature presentation on “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.” This event is free.

March 24, 9 a.m.
Smartphone Nature Photography with Medford Taylor
Train Station
Explore campus with our photography professor Medford Taylor and improve your smartphone photo skills. $15

March 24, 11 a.m.
Talk with Artist Karen Ann Hoffman
Pannell Gallery
Karen is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a Haudenosaunee beadwork artist. She will showcase and talk about her work, followed by a complimentary luncheon. This event is free.

March 24, 1 p.m.
Vineyard Walk with Lisa Powell
Train Station
Enjoy a 45-minute walk and talk with Lisa Powell, environmental science professor and director of the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability. $10

Event Registration

All events are open to the public and while some are free, others are ticketed. Regardless of whether an event is free or is ticketed, registration is required.

To sign up for Robin’s in-person presentation and any of the other in-person events, please use this registration form.

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s presentation also will be livestreamed. To attend virtually, please use this registration form.

To purchase a copy of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” visit the Sweet Briar Book Shop’s online store.

To make a reservation at the Elston Inn for the evening of March 23 at a special discounted rate, please call 434-381-6207.