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The Flower World

February 27, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Explore the Flower World with Dr. David Shorter in the third lecture of our Plant Worlds Ethnobotany Seminar Series

The Flower World was referenced in the pottery, codices, murals, songs, myths, and ceremonies across Mesoamerica. Contemporary Indigenous communities continue to speak of, about, and from this powerful realm of healing and sacrifice. Are we simply seeing a Utopianism that spread across the Americas and across thousands of years? Or, as Dr. Shorter suggests, might the Flower World be a living, present indication of a multiverse, best understood ontologically and inter-dimensionally?

Dr. David Shorter is a Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA . He is also the Director of the Archive of Healing, an online database of healing approaches from around the globe. His talk will feature a forthcoming essay that he co-wrote with Yoeme elder, Felipe Molina, a long-time collaborator. To learn more about The Archive of Healing, and to be one of the first people accessing the archive, consider signing-up for the listening session on March 5th here at the Garden. Check out this link for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introducing-the-archive-of-healing-tickets-86735437027?ref=estw

This talk is a part of the Plant Worlds Ethnobotany Seminar Series Co-presented by UCLA Humanities , UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden , and The Huntington . The kingdom of plants exhibit their influence at all levels of human survival, society, and culture. This collection of seminars weaves together our scientific understanding of plants with their inextricable roles in our lives–from food and medicine to literature, religion, and the arts. Join us to explore botanical humanities throughout time and the world.

Special thanks to UCLA Life Sciences , Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA , Traditional Medicinals , and the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions for their support of this seminar series.

This event is free, but seating is limited–Please RSVP. Please note that RSVP does not guarantee entry, which will be granted on a first come, first served basis. You do not need to print your confirmation, but you should plan to arrive early as capacity is limited. We look forward to seeing you.


February 27, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
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