Plant stewardship in the 21st century: sows the seeds of change

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2017-03-28 08:00:00 - General

Nancy Hayes, Associate Professor of Education
Nancy Hayes
Associate Professor of Education

The importance of the preservation and responsible use of the world's dwindling botanical resources will be discussed during the Coe Thursday Forum series April 6, 13, 20 and 27. Over the course of the month, Education Professor Nancy Hayes will explore the history of plants as medicine and the known medicinal properties of plants, as well as seed saving and other practices and policies that will help ensure a robust global botanical legacy for future generations.

The first lecture will focus on why plant preservation matters so much today and how we can act individually and collectively in response to the current condition of our world's botanical resources. The history of plants as medicine and the how and why of medicinal plant practices today, from both holistic and commercial perspectives, will be described in the second lecture. The third lecture will focus on past and present efforts to save seeds as part of our agricultural heritage, and the fourth lecture will conclude the series with a discussion of viable approaches, both local and global, to active plant stewardship in the 21st century.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The Coe College Thursday Forum Series

Coe College Thursday Forum courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 for this month's forum on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call 319-399-8523.

For the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, the Thursday Forum schedule includes:

  • "The Acts of the Apostles: Luke's Second Volume" - May 4, 11, 18, 25