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Virtual Event: Biophilia Book Club

September 25, 2022 @ 8:26 am
September 25, 2022 @ 8:26 am
Join us to discuss “Urban Forests” by Jill Jonnes!

E.O. Wilson defined biophilia as… “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.” This is often referred to as “getting closer to nature.”

In 2018, Mount Auburn Cemetery introduced its Biophilia program with a story teller event celebrating the influence of Dr. Wilson. Since then, we have hosted several meditation programs which included walks through our landscape, followed by indoor mediation sessions at Bigelow Chapel.

As Massachusetts slowly makes positive steps towards fully re-opening, Mount Auburn is once again open to the public. However, we understand that the covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our community and shaken confidence in participating in in-person events, even out of doors events. Interacting with the community is very important at Mount Auburn, and while we may not be able to see each other in person, technology provides the opportunity to visit online. We can still share the experiences that have connected us to nature all around us, even if those experiences may not have occurred at Mount Auburn Cemetery. In that spirit of shared experiences, we have created a Biophilia Book Club to bring our community together.

The initial book selection is Urban Forests, by Jill Jonnes. In this book, Ms. Jonnes introduces the reader to the history of city trees and the creation of urban forestry, while revealing the value and importance that urban trees bring to public health and community identity. Copies of Urban Forests can be obtained through the Minuteman Library Network, the Boston Public Library and at Amazon.com. Mount Auburn will host a discussion of the book via zoom at 10:00am on Wednesday September 16, 2020. Please check our website for the zoom invite.

The mission of Mount Auburn Cemetery has been to create a landscape of beauty and tranquility for commemoration, contemplation and education. We are also proud of our unique role in the Boston area as one of the largest urban greenspaces for the community to get closer to nature. To that end, we hope that Urban Forests will establish a deeper appreciation of our landscape for every reader.

Please join the Biophilia Book Club! Many great books and conversations to follow!!

Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of Mount Auburn. Our robust roster of programs each year is made possible through your generous support.

Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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