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Kent Nerburn: "Life Lessons from the Native Way: What I have learned about the land, the people, and the way of seeing the world from my time in Native America" Saturday, January 30, 2021 @ 5pm CST

Kent will share stories and insights from his thirty years of working with Native America, focusing on what he has learned about the Native way of living wisely upon the earth.

Kent Nerburn has been called “one of America’s living spiritual teachers” by the prestigious web magazine, Spirituality and Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys, and “one of the few writers who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures” by Harper Collins publishers. Kent has twice won the Minnesota Book award and is the author of 16 books on spirituality and Native American subjects, including the internationally-recognized trilogy, Neither Wolf nor Dog, The Wolf at Twilight, and The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo; Small Graces, The Artist’s Journey, and Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce. He holds a Ph.D. with distinction from Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley and has lived and worked among Native American communities for thirty years.

Tim Lewis: "The Canine View of the World" Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ 6pm CST

Dogs, domestic and wild, are readily distinguished from people. They do not just look different, they evolved quite independently from humans. Like humans, they functioned as pursuit predators living in social groups. Each species, however, evolved along very different paths. Dogs are optimized for a sense of smell, good vision in dim light, and hearing in ranges that best detect prey. Dogs, therefore, do not experience the world the way we do. Learning how their senses differ from ours will help you understand your dog better, and will give you a different perspective on the natural world around us with more than just a canine view of the world.

Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. For fun, Tim works with his dogs to herd sheep where a three-species view of the world complicates his life. He recently published a book entitled Dog Biology: From Gonads Through Guts to Ganglia available from Dogwise Publishing or Amazon.

Aimée Bissonette: "Nature Connections for Children: Why it matters" Saturday, March 27, 2021 @ 6pm CST

This presentation will include a mix of readings from the works of several children’s nature writers (including Aimée’s) interspersed with a discussion of academic writings and research about the benefits of exposing children to the natural world.

Aimée Bissonette was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, the sixth of seven children. She grew up with her suitcase never fully unpacked—her family moved many times and she attended 8 different schools before graduating from high school. Aimée earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and her Law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. She has worked as an occupational therapist, teacher, lawyer, and small business owner. In addition to her books for children, Aimée has published a book for K-12 teachers and administrators on the legal issues associated with technology in the schools. She lives with her husband, family, and dogs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • "Life Lessons from the Native Way"
    Tickets $10/person

  • "The Canine View of the World"
    Tickets $10/person

  • "Nature Connections for Children: Why it matters"
    Tickets $10/person

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