John de la Parra, PhD, and Ernest Anemone, JD
4 Wednesdays April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 6:30-8:30pm
[Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum]
and 1 Saturday, May 11 10:30 – 12:30 (Landscape Walk)
Have you ever wanted to be able to separate medicinal plant facts from fiction? This introductory survey course, taught by two experts in the field of ethnobotany, will reveal essential connections between both the anthropological foundations and scientific principles underlying plant-derived drugs around the world. Knowledge will be built for the non-expert, atop four essential pillars of anthropology, botany, chemistry, and pharmacology. The class will be structured to include interactive classroom exercises, the making of simple herbal remedies, and lectures. Our learning experience will culminate in an intimate tour of the Arboretum’s medicinal plants on Saturday, May 11.
Fee: $180 members; $230 nonmembers
John de la Parra, PhD, Associate, Harvard University Herbaria. Ethnobotany Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Open Agriculture Initiative. Lecturer, Tufts University Environmental Studies Program. Lecturer, Northeastern University Biotechnology Program.
Ernest Anemone, JD, Lecturer, Tufts University Experimental College, Co-creator and instructor of the courses ‘Medicinal Plants from the Sacred to the Scientific’ and ‘The Cannabis Debate: The Intersection of Science, Culture, and the Law.’