2023 Hagey Lecture

Theatre of the Arts
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 at 8:00 PM EDT 
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Event Details

Tapestry Thinking:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Nature of Disturbance and Recovery
Absract: Nalini Nadkarni shares the discoveries and insights she has gathered over her four decades of exploring the biota of forest canopies in rainforests, her collaborations with experts from many academic disciplines, and her engagement with diverse public groups – artists, corporations, faith-based communities, and people who are incarcerated. She describes the dynamics of disturbance and recovery in multiple arenas: forest treetop communities, her own recovery from a near fatal fall, and an array of diverse human systems, including traffic engineering, urban studies, refugee migrations, and modern dance. She invites listeners to apply her approach of “tapestry thinking” to other environmental and social challenges society faces today.


Nalini M. Nadkarni
University of Utah
Professor of Biology


Theatre of the Arts
200 University Ave. Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 CA



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