Kenyon College

The Art of Trees Visiting Scholar Talk with Nathan Johnson

September 19, 2019 5:30pm – 6:30pm

The Art of Trees: A new social imaginary in the face of environmental crisis 

This program explores the vital and redemptive role of trees in affirming shared human experiences and restoring our kinship with nature. Critically analyzing how we appreciate, live with, use, destroy, and represent trees in life, art, science, and the humanities, this speaker series will interrogate our changing relationship with the natural world in the midst of environmental crisis. 

Visiting Scholar: Nathan Johnson, Director of Public Lands, Ohio Environmental Council

Nathan Johnson will present on the white oak (Quercus alba), Ohio’s most important wildlife tree and one of the longest living organisms in the eastern United States. He will share insight into the cultural history of the white oak, its crucial role in Ohio’s ecosystems, and its recent decline due to unsustainable logging practices.

Thursday, September 19, 5:30-6:30 PM

A public reception will be held in the Fischman Lobby from 4:30-5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

About Nathan Johnson:

As the Public Lands Director for the Ohio Environmental Council, Nathan advocates for the protection and preservation of special places in our public forests and parks. A firm believer in the maxim that “health and happiness start in the great outdoors,” Nathan works to expand public access to outdoor recreation, and to secure healthy and inspiring natural landscapes. An Ohio-licensed attorney, Nathan received his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law and a dual-B.A. in History and Philosophy from Denison University.

Full Art of Trees Schedule

All Art of Trees events are free and open to the public.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.