Conversation and dialogue are of fundamental importance in "To Understand a Tree." It has been a goal since the beginning of the project to bring the issues and questions we are exploring to a broad range of audiences and students. We have done class visits at Smith College, the host institution for the project, in the disciplines of psychology, ecology, botany, art history, and studio art. I have given lectures on the project at several institutions, including The Center for Art in Wood, the California College of the Arts, Mildred's Lane, University of Cincinnati, New England College of Art and Design, Smith College, and UMASS Dartmouth. In addition, we have invited several "guest experts" to come to the site to share their viewpoints and knowledge with us. The project also seeded the interdisciplinary, collaborative investigation FOREST-BODY-CHAIR at Mildred's Lane in 2021. Contact me for information on upcoming public engagements in 2022 and 2023.
Please contact me if you are interested in visiting the tree, with a group or as an individual.