Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 1:00pm

The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment and Orion Magazine present a second event in a series to celebrate Orion’s new anthology, Old Growth. “On Trees” will feature a conversation between Peter Wohlleben, Jessica J. Lee, and Sumana Roy, three authors whose work embodies the language of trees. Wohlleben’s Hidden Life of Trees illuminates the discreet social network of forests; Lee’s Two Trees Make a Forest finds history in the canopy; and Roy’s How I Became a Tree finds the shadows of branches throughout literature and philosophy. Together, they will discuss cultural constructs of forests and how disconnected those are from the growing reality of monoculture. 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.


Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese environmental historian and author, most recently, of Two Trees Make a Forest. She is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and a researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Sumana Roy is the author of How I Became a TreeMissing: A NovelOut of Syllabus: Poems, and My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories. She teaches at Ashoka University in Haryana, India.

Peter Wohlleben is the author of numerous books about the natural world including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of TreesThe Inner Lives of Animals, and The Secret Wisdom of Nature, which together make up his bestselling The Mysteries of Nature Series. He runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of forests.


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 MagazineThe Forest School at the Yale School of the EnvironmentYale Forum on Religion and EcologyYale Forest Forum, and Yale Environmental Humanities.  Contact yff@yale.edu with questions.

The event will be held virtually and broadcast live on January, 11 at 1:00 pm ET.  Click here to register for the webinar (link is external) 

The webinar was recorded and is available with captions here.