The Language of Trees: A Conversation with Alison Hawthorne Deming and Kathleen Dean Moore

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 2:00pm

Event recording is available here.

On April 26 at 2:00pm EDT, The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, Orion Magazine and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology present the third event in a series to celebrate Orion’s latest anthology, Old Growth. “The Language of Trees” will feature a conversation between Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, and Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World. The event will foster a dialogue around the language of trees: how they communicate with one another, and how their futures are shaped by the language with which humans describe them. Moderating the event is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and co-founder of Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology.

The event continues a series celebrating the release of Old Growth: The Best Writing About Trees from Orion Magazine. Prior events in the series featured Robin Wall Kimmerer, Robert Macfarlane, David G. Haskell, Peter Wohlleben, Jessica J. Lee, and Sumana Roy.

We welcome you to join us; register here.


Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent books include A Woven World: On Fashion, Fisherman, and the Sardine DressZoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, and the poetry collection Stairway to Heaven. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and Walt Whitman Award, she is Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. Photo by: Bear Guerra

Kathleen Dean Moore is the author or co-editor of many books about our moral and emotional bonds to the wild, reeling world, including Wild Comfort, Moral GroundGreat Tide Rising, and her latest, Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association Award and the Oregon Book Award, along with the WILLA Literary Award for her novel Piano Tide


Mary Evelyn Tucker teaches at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale Divinity School and co-directs the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology with John Grim. Together they have written Ecology and Religion and created six online classes on Coursera titled, Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community.

This event is hosted by Orion Magazine, The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, Yale Forest Forum, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and Yale Environmental Humanities. Please contact with any questions.

This free and open event will be held virtually and broadcast live on April 26 at 2:00 pm ET. This webinar will also simultaneously stream via YouTube for anyone who prefers to watch there. This link will be shared with registered participants ahead of the event. Click here to register for the webinar.

The webinar will be recorded and made available with closed captioning after the event, emailed directly to those who registered.