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A History of African-American Spirituality on the Land, a talk by Dr. Dianne Glave at the Museum, Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm

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Appeasing the Spirits of Millions of Things Organic & Inorganic: A History of African-American Spirituality on the Land

Talk by Dr. Dianne Glave, Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m., Auditorium, Main Museum

RALEIGH — Dr. Dianne Glave will give a talk at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences titled, Appeasing the Spirits of Millions of Things Organic & Inorganic: A History of African- American Spirituality on the Land on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Auditorium. Glave is a professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Science and Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a scientist and social historian, she specializes in African-American and environmental history.

Glave’s talk will draw upon her scholarly work evolved out of her own life. In her latest book, “Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African-American Environmental Heritage,” Glave uses African-American art, literature, history, and theology to recount the bond with nature that has long been part of the black experience. 

This is the second talk in the three-part series Science From a Personal Perspective How Life Stories Help Us Learn, funded in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council. In the series, scientists use their life experiences to help those who might not have an innate interest in science develop an interest and after doing so, to take advantage of the Museum’s experiential learning opportunities. Additionally, this project will help everyone understand the convergence of science and humanities and foster the desire for lifelong learning. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a poster presentation from local graduate students presenting their scientific findings. There will also be free refreshments. For more information, contact Bonnie Eamick at 919.707.9890 or via e-mail at bonnie.eamick@naturalsciences.org.


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John Skvarla., Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2013