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Abolitionist Looking at Lichen

Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Institute of the Arts and Sciences: 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Join Laurie Palmer, artist and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for a walk that invites us to look closely at lichens. How can a tiny organism transform our understanding of big structural problems and human relations? How can the act of looking at lichen help undo the scopic violence that we have inherited from the Enlightenment? What can algae teach us about abolition? These questions and more are broached in Laurie Palmer’s new book, The Lichen Museum, which draws on the physiological characteristics of lichens to envision alternative ways of living based on interdependence rather than individualism and competition. 



  • Free parking is available at the Institute of Arts and Sciences Galleries.
  • Accessible parking on High Rd.

photo credit: Image courtesy of Nicole Rudolph Valerga.