The Minnesota Zoo Foundation and Milkweed Editions Present:
Alison Hawthorne Deming on the meaning of Zoologies
Saturday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m.
An onstage discussion with butterfly conservation biologist Cale Nordmeyer about the book, and how our relationships with animals fuel creativity.
On Saturday December 6 at 4:30pm, award-winning poet and writer Alison Hawthorne Deming will be reading selections and engaging in an onstage conversation with Minnesota Zoo butterfly conservation specialist Cale Nordmeyer as part of an afternoon exploring her new collection of essays, Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.
The essays in Zoologies explore what hyenas can tell us about human bloodlust, how the art of leaf-cutter ants complicates our own artistic endeavors, what elephants can teach us about the deep reverberations of war and peace in our communities, and more. Helping the reader see animals with fresh eyes, Deming illuminates the profound impact of species extinction by fully inhabiting the wonder and mystery of our shared earthly experience.
This collaborative event will give attendees a chance to learn more about the Minnesota Zoo’s efforts to save wildlife through engagement, inspiration and action, both locally and globally. It will also offer those moments of visceral self-awareness that can only happen when one comes face-to-face with a gray wolf, red-ruffed lemur, or snow monkey.
Free Admission with RSVP, includes admittance to zoo exhibits at 2:00 p.m.