[Sust-mar] amazing lecture Oct. 22

kim thompson shipharbour at ns.sympatico.ca
Thu Oct 14 07:14:10 EDT 2010

An Evening with Diana Beresford-Kroeger:
Eminent author and scientist coming to Nova Scotia as part of Friends  
of Redtail fundraiser.
Halifax Oct, 22, 7:00, School of Architecture, 5410 Spring Garden Road.

The Friends of Redtail Society has invited scientist and award- 
winning writer
Diana Beresford-Kroeger to be the featured guest of its upcoming  
fundraising event,
a reading and book signing with the author that will take place in  
Halifax and New Glasgow.
Beresford-Kroeger, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading  
experts on
the medicinal, environmental and nutritional properties of trees,  
will be
reading from her book “The Global Forest”, a lyrical work that melds  
with poetic wisdom.

Of the book, Harvard Professor Emeritus, E.O. Wilson says “The essays  
of *The
Global Forest *are a beautiful and poetic tribute to their subject,  
on wide-ranging scientific knowledge.” It is a writing style the author
attributes to her upbringing in the Gaelic storytelling traditions of  

Raised in Ireland and now living in Ontario, Beresford-Kroeger studied
classical botany, medical biochemistry, organic and radio-nuclear  
and experimental surgery. Her research has appeared in scientific  
internationally and she has lectured at universities in Ireland and  
She has worked as a research scientist at numerous universities as  
well as
the Canadian Department of Agriculture.

In 2010 she was elected a Wings Fellow by Wings World Quest for her
scientific research and discovery. She is a frequent contributor,  
writer and
host for radio and television programs in Canada, Europe, Israel and the
USA. The television documentary series, “Recreating Eden,” first  
aired “The
Renegade Scientist” about her life and her research garden in 2008, now
distributed worldwide. In 2005, she was featured on CBC’s “Ideas”  
entitled, “The Ideas of Diana Beresford-Kroeger.”  She has also appeared
on the National Public Radio (NPR) program, “Living on Earth,” and other
programs in the USA and Canada.

She has also authored several fiction novels, numerous short-stories and
other non-fiction books including “Arboretum America: A Philosophy of  
Forest” (2003), which won the American National Arbour Day Foundation  
Award in 2005, for an exemplary educational work on trees and forests.

“Giving people the chance to meet someone who is at the forefront of
thought in our understanding of trees, forests and their relationship  
to us
is exactly the type of experience we have put an emphasis on at the  
of Redtail Society,” says organizer Volker Klum. “Education has been an
instrumental part of our fundraising campaign. This event wouldn’t be
happening without Diana and we are so pleased that she will be coming to
Nova Scotia to take part in these two special evenings.”

The Halifax event will take place on October 22 at the Dalhousie  
School of
Architecture, Medjuck Building, Room HA 19, 5410 Spring Garden Road.  
The New
Glasgow event will take place October 23 at Trinity United Church, 151
Temperance Street. Both events take place at 7pm and admission is $10.

All proceeds go to the Society’s Sheltering Forests campaign to  
protect and
preserve 313 acres of forest in western Pictou County and establish a
community-based forest initiative on land currently slated to be  
The Society has until this December to reach its $250,000 goal; the  
currently sits at over $190,000. Full details are available at
www.friendsofredtail.ca or by calling (902) 485-4561.

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