“The potato of the Middle Ages,” the silver darlings of the seas,”– these are a few of the nicknames for herring, one of the most abundant fishes in the sea. For 200 years, herring have been the foundation of a thriving fishery on Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Maritimes, where Alison Hawthorne Deming has spent her summers since childhood. Deming’s talk celebrates the tradition of weir-based fishery while contemplating the challenges of climate change and the unique ways fish and people can live together meaningfully.
Alison Hawthorne Deming is Regents’ Professor in the UA Department of English and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice. Her work often explores nature and science; she is the author of four books of poetry and four of nonfiction, including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Free admission will be first come, first served. Tickets are not required.
Doors open at 6 p.m.