'Part of the feast': The life and work of Val Plumwood - forumTuesday 7 May 2013, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Our worldview denies the most basic feature of animal existence on planet earth – that we are food and that through death we nourish others …
Val Plumwood, 2007
In 1985 the eminent Australian environmental philosopher Val Plumwood was almost killed by a saltwater crocodile as she canoed along the East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park. The horrific incident inspired Plumwood to explore ideas about human death in an ecological context.
The National Museum of Australia, which recently acquired the canoe in which Plumwood was attacked, invites you to discover her extraordinary story and legacy. For one night only, see the canoe and join ABC broadcaster Gregg Borschmann in conversation with anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose, editor Lorraine Shannon, curator George Main and crocodile expert Grahame Webb talking about Plumwood’s work and how it helps us understand our – and the crocodile’s – place in the world. The event will be recorded as part of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program and will conclude with the launch of The Eye of the Crocodile, a posthumous publication of Plumwood’s essays.
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Image: Portrait of Val Plumwood, 1997. Photo: Terry Milligan.