St. Paul, Minn. – “Minding the Wild: An Evening of Poetry and Discussion” with Gary Snyder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is the title of the 2018 Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky Distinguished Lecture on Science, Culture and Ethics, Wednesday, October 17, in Kagin Commons, 21 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. The lecture is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required and will be available starting October 1 at the Macalester Campus Center Information Desk. Click here for more information.

“One of the major challenges facing our large current human populations is what role we should play in regard to the many thousands of other living beings we share the planet with,” said Snyder. “We begin to understand that this is not just a matter of getting food and taking photos, but of maintaining a livable habitat that balances the interests of many species. An ocean full of plastic trash has many bad implications. I will speak of these matters by examining how it might be that we not only could “respect the wild” but also intelligently interact with it and indeed keep learning.”

Snyder is an environmentalist, Zen Buddhist, the author of 20 books of poetry and prose, and winner of numerous literary prizes including the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the John Hay Award for Nature Writing.

The Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky Distinguished Lecture on Science, Culture and Ethics was established to commemorate the spirit of the fundraising initiative by Austin George (Jim) and Mary Roessel Engel, Robert A. Morgan and their fellow Macalester students that in 1949 created Macalester’s Displaced Person Scholarship and brought Oleg Jardetzky to Macalester and the United States.

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September 19 2018

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