The Yale School of the Environment’s Forest School and Orion Magazine are hosting a second in a row to celebrate Orion’s new anthology. Old growth. “On Trees” leads a conversation between Peter Wohlleben, Jessica J. Lee and Sumana Roy, three authors whose work embodies the language of trees. Wellbeing Hidden life of the trees illuminates the discrete social network of the forests; Lees Two trees make a forest finds history in the canopy of leaves; and Roys How I became a tree finds the shadows of the branches in literature and philosophy. Together they will discuss the cultural constructs of the forest and how decoupled they are from the growing reality of monoculture. The event will be moderated by Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and co-founder of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.


Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese environmental historian and author, most recently by Two trees make a forest. She is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and a researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Sumana Roy is the author of How I became a tree, Missing: a novel, Outside the curriculum: poems, and My mother’s lover and other stories. She teaches at Ashoka University in Haryana, India.

Peter Wohlleben is the author of numerous books on nature, including the New York Times bestseller The hidden life of the trees, The inner life of animals, and The secret wisdom of nature, which together make up his bestseller The Mysteries of Nature Series. He runs an environmentally friendly forest in Germany, where he campaigns for forests to be returned.


Mary Evelyn Tucker teaches at Yale School of the Environment and Yale Divinity School and co-directs the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology with John Grim. They wrote together Ecology and religion and created six online courses on Coursera entitled, Religions and Ecology: Restoring Earth Community.

This event is hosted by Orion Magazine, The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale Forest Forum, and Yale Environmental Humanities. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

The event will be held virtually and will be broadcast live on Jan. 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register for the webinar (link is external) The webinar will be recorded and made available after the event.


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