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November 2021

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: More Than A Garden: What the Garden Writings of D’Arcy McNickle Tell Us About Indigenous Encounters with Settler Colonialism

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

D’Arcy McNickle (1904-1977) is one of the twentieth century’s most important American Indian writers, intellectuals, and political actors. In addition to authoring several classic works of fiction and history, he played a vital role in reforming federal Indian policy and cultivating a generation of young activists from the 1930s to the early 1970s. While much has been written about his novels, the diary he kept during these years has been almost completely overlooked. At first glance, it doesn’t tell the stories scholars expect to hear about his life—a life typically cast as “a search for identity between Indian and white worlds.” This talk takes a closer look at his garden writing—one of the things that has caused the diary to be dismissed—and finds in it a crucial window into not only his experiential world but also one Indigenous person’s means of grappling with settler colonialism. In these ways, we will see that McNickle’s garden writing is about “more than a garden.”

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Fitch Lecture: North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky

November 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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During this special lecture, Bland Simpson will read from and speak about his new book, North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky. He will present and discuss photographs from the book, with help from the photographers, including his wife Ann Cary Simpson and Tom Earnhardt. Reception and book-signing to follow. Named in memory of Jenny Fitch, local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener, this lecture takes place each fall. Mrs. Fitch passed away in 1995. The endowment for the lecture…

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Virtual Visiting Artist – Introduction to Gouache: Painting a Southern Magnolia Seedpod

November 11 @ 11:00 am - November 12 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a 2-day virtual workshop! Gouache is a wonderful medium which can create rich, matte effects. This workshop will focus on the instructor's method of using gouache to paint a Southern Magnolia Seedpod.

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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Venus Flytrap Champions

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Much of North Carolina’s Venus flytrap territory is privately owned. Debbie Crane of The Nature Conservancy will describe the Venus Flytrap Champions, a program that works to help private landowners identify and manage flytrap habitat. Landowners in the Carolinas with Venus Flytrap on their property can play a significant role in maintaining the remaining Flytrap populations and preventing the loss of this fascinating, management-dependent species. The Nature Conservancy is one of many organizations participating in this new program.

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