Special Lecture
Brooke Hecht
Gavin Van Horn


A Conversation with Brooke Hecht and Gavin Van Horn

Wednesday, September 20 at 4:30 pm

David Friend Hall


Brooke Hecht, PhD (F&ES ’03)

President, Center for Humans and Nature


Gavin Van Horn, PhD

Director, Cultures of Conservation, Center for Humans and Nature


Moderated by David Skelly

Director, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


The Center for Humans and Nature was founded in 2003 to explore and promote human responsibilities in relation to nature by thinking, writing and speaking creatively about a resilient future for the whole community of life. Brooke Hecht, President of the Center, will discuss her journey from conducting research in the wilds of Iceland to running this interdisciplinary think tank focused on storytelling. Gavin Van Horn will give an introduction to Wildness: Relations of People and Place (University of Chicago Press, 2017), the Center’s latest book that features creative nonfiction essays exploring the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes and in urban communities. Yale Peabody Museum Director David Skelly will moderate this conversation about transforming humanity’s relationship with nature and the pivotal role natural history museums stand to play in the process.


Co-sponsored by CAFÉ (Coalition on Agriculture, Food, and the Environment), part of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies