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Keynote Lecture by Shankar Vedantam & Florence Williams--The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, & More Creative

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Kingsbury Hall | 1395 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Join Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR’s Hidden Brain, as he interviews prize-winning author Florence Williams about the restorative power of nature.
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees, and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Williams sets out to uncover the best science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, Williams will explain how the natural world can improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams’ keen observations-—and the answers they yield—are more urgent now than ever. Join us for a book signing by Williams and Vedantam following the lecture.
Tickets are $20 or $10 with valid University of Utah I.D. Discounted tickets must be purchased at the Kingsbury Hall box office after they go on sale in mid-January. 

Founding Underwriter
R. Harold Burton Foundation

Cultural Vision Fund

Gold Sponsors
The Nature Conservancy in Utah
Rio Tinto Kennecott

Silver Sponsors
The Clark Foundation
The DiFiore Family Foundation
The M Lazy M Foundation
Myriad Genetics
Paula Swaner Sargetakis and Joseph Sargetakis | Frog Bench Farms

Community Partners
The City Library
The County Library | Viridian Event Center
King's English Bookshop
Kingsbury Hall
Liberty Heights Fresh
Official Airline: Delta | Aeromexico

Institutional Support
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks