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August 2021

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Plants in Ancient Magic and Religion

August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With Suzanne Lye, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, UNC-Chapel Hill Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST Location: Zoom webinar Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee Saffron, poppy seeds, and black hellebore – these were but some of the pharmaka used to heal, to curse, and to gain divine insight. From epic poetry such as Homer’s Odyssey to the Greek Magical Papyri and botanical works such as Inquiry into Plants by Theophrastus of Eresus, people in the ancient Greco-Roman…

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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Woodland Restoration at Picture Creek Diabase Barrens

August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

with David Schnake, Forest Research Operations Manager, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST Location: Zoom webinar Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee Picture Creek Diabase Barrens is a Nationally Significant Natural Heritage Area in southwestern Granville County. Picture Creek was once a magnificent Piedmont prairie because of its unusual geology, resultant soils and frequent fire. This Piedmont prairie remnant now supports dozens of plant species with various ratings of rarity or…

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September 2021

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: History and Heritage of the Coker House and Gardens

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

with Dr. W. Woodrow Burns, Coker House Resident Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Location: Zoom webinar Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee William C. Coker came to Chapel Hill in 1903 as the first Professor of Botany. Over the first half of the 20th century, Professor Coker, as a botanist, planner and landscape designer, shaped the UNC campus and the Chapel Hill community. He is responsible for the design and creation of the Arboretum, named in his honor.…

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