Humanities in the Wild: Prison Ecologies with Uyen Hoang and Dr. Nalini Nadkarni

Sep 8, 2022, 6:00 pm

Join us at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter for a short trek with ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni and University of Utah Prison Education Program organizer Uyen Hoang to discuss their work on prison ecology involving the intersections between mass incarceration and environmental degradation.

Humanities in the Wild is an exploratory outdoor experience that empowers participants to step into the landscapes that inspired
some of the American West’s greatest literature.

The inspiration for this humanities in the wild originated from Uyen's essay in the book New World Coming. This book will be available for purchase at the Swaner Gift Shop.

Dr. Nadkarni's interest was first drawn to rain forest ecology due to the contradiction offered by its plant life. Dr. Nadkarni and her work in the Costa Rican rain forest were featured in the 1988 PBS series, The Second Voyage of the Mimi, starring a young Ben Affleck. She maintains an interest in public outreach, and her work was highlighted on the web page of the National Science Foundation. She is the author of Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees and has delivered TED Talks on Conserving the Canopy and Life Science in Prison. She also wrote some text (foreword and quotes) for a book for young explorers entitled, Kingfisher Voyages: Rain Forest, published in 2006. Her work has included developing moss growing techniques with prisoners, as well as bringing artists, like musician and biologist G. Duke Brady, into the forest canopy to write and perform.
An Emeritus Professor at The Evergreen State College, she currently is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah.

Uyen Hoang recently graduated with a bachelor of science degree in environmental and sustainability studies from the University of Utah. She is a fellow with Uplift Climate and a volunteer with the University of Utah Prison Education Project.

- ASL interpretation available upon request
- Livestream can be accessed on Instagram @utahbookfest
- Parking and pathways: There are handicap parking spaces near the Newpark plaza (on Newpark Blvd. outside of Cupla Coffee) where the access to the Swaner EcoCenter (where the event starts) is. This Humanities in the Wild will go onto a single track trail and uneven ground though.
- There will be an on-site sensory kit provided by Utah Humanities. Ask Willy if needed.
- Bathrooms: All of the bathrooms at the EcoCenter are accessible. We have one all gender restroom in our office space that we can provide access to as needed.
- No mask policy for this event.
- Request any additional questions or accommodations here:

This event is open to the public. This program is a part of Welcoming Week, a week-long celebration of the contributions of immigrants and refugees, and the 25th anniversary of the Utah Humanities Book Festival.

This program is made possible with support from Utah Humanities and Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

1258 Center Dr
Park City , UT 84098-7653
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Event Contact:

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
(435) 797-8943