Kinship with the More-Than-Human World
In partnership with the Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge and with support from the Kalliopeia Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature is exploring the theme of "kinship" in a special series of podcast episodes. Leading scientists, philosophers, and writers illuminate ways in which “personhood” transcends the human species and shows how kinship practices can deepen our care and respect for the more-than-human world.
There's a certain a kind of visual encounter that can be life changing: A cross-species gaze. The experience of looking directly into the eyes of an animal in the wild, and seeing it look back. It happens more often than you’d think and it can be so profound, there’s a name for it: eye-to-eye epiphany. So what happens when someone with feathers or fur and claws looks back? How does it change people, and what can it teach us?
Listen to this episode featuring the Center's Gavin Van Horn, artist Jenny Kendler, opthalmologist Ivan Schwab, physicist Alan Lightman, and scientist Jane Goodall (with interviews by Steve Paulson and Anne Strainchamps)
Over the past decade, plant scientists have quietly transformed the way we think of trees, forests, and plants. They discovered that trees communicate through vast underground networks, that plants learn and remember. If plants are intelligent beings, how should we relate to them? Do they have a place in our moral universe? Should they have rights?
Listen to this episode featuring plant ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano, botanist Matthew Hall, and the Center's president Brooke Hecht (with interviews by Steve Paulson and Anne Strainchamps)