Lecture Registration

Thank you for your interest in continuing education at the Morris Arboretum!

Connections Beyond Our Garden
Talks on People, Plants, and Place

Our mid-week afternoon series continues this fall with three talks designed to stimulate and enrich, whether you are a gardener or not. Our speakers will take you beyond our garden, to their worlds in the arts, humanities, sciences, sustainability, ornithology, and travel.

A reception with refreshments will follow each presentation and tours of the Arboretum are available afterward.
Register for the talks below.  We look forward to seeing you!

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A Passion for Nature: Thomas Jefferson and Natural History (December 4, 3pm) (Lecture is Full)
Keith Thomson
Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society

Thomas Jefferson once wrote to a friend that politics was his "duty" but natural history was his "passion." Despite his demanding public life Jefferson somehow had time to be one of America's first serious students of fossils, botany, climate, geology, and anthropology, becoming a leading American scientific intellectual of his time. Our speaker, author Keith Thomson will introduce us to Jefferson's fascinating world, exploring our third president's passion for natural history, and highlighting how it related to everything he did-as a farmer, as a philosopher, and as a citizen. Author of more than a dozen books on evolution, paleontology, and the history of science, in recent years Thomson has focused more on writing for a popular audience.
Keith Thomson is currently Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. He is also emeritus professor of natural history at the University of Oxford and was President of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences.

Wednesday, December 4
3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 12/4/2013 at 3:00PM
Attendees: 1 $15.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.

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