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The Songs of Trees with David Haskell

Dr. David Haskell

From February 7-9, David Haskell will visit Wake Forest University. Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Haskell brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, exploring  connections with people, microbes, fungi, and other plants and animals. He takes us to  trees in cities (from Manhattan to Jerusalem), forests (Amazonian, North American, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones.)  In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.

Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, Haskell reveals the biological connections that underpin all life.  In a world beset by barriers, he reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.

During his visit, Haskell will host a three-day writing workshop, deliver a public lecture and reading, and engage with interested faculty.



Student Writing Workshop:
Contemplation, Place, and Non-Fiction Writing

February 7-9: Haskell will host a three-day Writing Workshop allowing graduate and undergraduate Wake Forest students the opportunity to hone their writing skills with a well-known and respected author. Each workshop will run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will count as a 1-credit hour course. Interested students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the workshop. Accepted students are then required to register for the workshop (BIO).


Public Lecture:
The Songs of Trees: Networks of Relationships among People and Trees

February 8: Haskell will deliver a lecture and book reading that is free and open to the public. The lecture will be in the Byrum Welcome Center Auditorium and will begin at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow. To attend, RSVP via EventBrite.

For questions about the workshop or other events, please contact Luke Johnston


The Humanities Institute  |  The Divinity School  |  The Humanities Institute  The Writing Program  |  The Environmental Program  |  Biology Department
The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability  |  The Office of Sustainability