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Where Honeybees Thrive - Heather Swan - <span class="date-display-single">10/13/2018 - 11:00am</span>

Where Honeybees Thrive

10/13/2018 - 11:00am

Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

Colony Collapse Disorder, ubiquitous pesticide use, industrial agriculture, habitat reduction—these are just a few of the issues causing unprecedented trauma in honeybee populations worldwide. In this artfully illustrated book, Heather Swan embarks on a narrative voyage to discover solutions to—and understand the sources of—the plight of honeybees.


Through a lyrical combination of creative nonfiction and visual imagery, Where Honeybees Thrive tells the stories of the beekeepers, farmers, artists, entomologists, ecologists, and other advocates working to stem the damage and reverse course for this critical pollinator. Using her own quest for understanding as a starting point, Swan highlights the innovative projects and strategies these groups employ. Her mosaic approach to engaging with the environment not only reveals the incredibly complex political ecology in which bees live—which includes human and nonhuman actors alike—but also suggests ways of comprehending and tackling a host of other conflicts between postindustrial society and the natural world. Each chapter closes with an illustrative full-color gallery of bee-related artwork.


A luminous journey from the worlds of honey producers, urban farmers, and mead makers of the United States to those of beekeepers of Sichuan, China, and researchers in southern Africa, Where Honeybees Thrive traces the global web of efforts to secure a sustainable future for honeybees—and ourselves. 


Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Heather Swan

About Presenter Heather Swan


Heather Swan is the author of Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field which won the 2018 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. Her nonfiction has appeared in Aeon, ISLE, Resilience Journal, Edge Effects, and About Place. Her poetry has appeared in places such as Poet Lore, The Raleigh Review, Phoebe, The Hopper, Cold Mountain Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Basalt. She teaches writing and environmental literature at University of Wisconsin Madison.


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