Ethnobotany in the 21st Century

Michael J. Balick, Vice President for Botanical Science, The New York Botanical Garden 

6:00 PM Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)

Michael Balick Photo by Wayne LawFor more than three decades, Michael Balick has studied the relationships between plants and people—the field known as ethnobotany—in the Amazon Valley, Central and South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Micronesia. In this lecture he will discuss the relevance of working with indigenous cultures to document their knowledge of medicinal plants and evaluate their potential for broader applications. He will also highlight some of the medicinal plants used by non-Western cultures, such as ashwagandha tea and maca, that are becoming available and popular in the West and are discussed in his most recent book, Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants.

Directions and parking Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage starting at 5:00 pm. Public information: 617-496-1638. Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museum of Natural History