The Fireplace Series: Kindness and Interconnectivity

Event Date: 
Feb 14, 2019

Set around a fireplace in Queen's Stauffer Library, this conversation aims to spark interdisciplinary thought.  Queen's Jacqueline M. Davis (Professor in Philosophy) and Paul Grogan (Professor in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology) will meet for an impromptu conversation, seeking both common and uncommon ground. After the conversation, the audience is invited to join in. Please join us on February 14 from 10am to 11:30am in the Fireplace Reading Room in Stauffer Library. Coffee and tea will be available at 9:45am.

Paul Grogan is interested in how the plants, animals and soil organisms of terrestrial ecosystems interact with each other and with their physical environment. Understanding these inter-relationships between biology and the flows of energy and nutrients is the basis for predicting how terrestrial ecosystems will respond to changes in climate, land-use, and other perturbations.

Jackie Davies is a mother, teacher, immigrant and settler who has spent most of her life in Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory, much of it at Queen's. From her undergraduate studies in Life Sciences, Psychology, and Philosophy to her current affiliations with Philosophy, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies, and Cultural Studies, Jackie is convinced of the epistemic necessity of interdisciplinarity.

Discussion points may include:

  • For humans, does interconnectivity equate to interdependence?
  • Is kindness becoming more or less common?
  • Are interconnectivity and kindness fundamentally linked?
  • What are some of the implications of being conscious of interconnectivity?

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