Listening to the Bees: Mark Winston, a naturalist, scientist and author of the Governor General’s Literary Nonfiction Award-winning book, Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, has joined forces with celebrated poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. This talk, and the book, grew from their common passion for bees, an exploration of the intricate ways we come to understand our world through language and through science. In Listening to the Bees Winston will talk about his experiences over 40 years of walking into apiaries, and the lessons learned from a life spent among the bees.
“Listening to the bees connects us to the ineffable mysteries we will never resolve or fully understand. As a scientist, I find it oddly satisfying that data and studies can only take us so far, that there is a realm where there are no answers, only wonder at how little we can know.”
Mark L. Winston is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive. One of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston is also an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and writer. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he founded the Centre’s Semester in Dialogue, a program that creates leadership development opportunities that equip and empower students contribute to social change in communities.
As a consultant and thought leader, Dr. Winston partners with universities, corporations, NGOs, governments and communities to advance communication skills, engage public audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions. As an award-winning writer and editor, he works with students, scientists, other professionals and writers to develop compelling non-fiction, from proposals and newspaper opinion pieces to manuscripts and books.
He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.
Wine reception and bee-themed book sale from Book Passage after the talk.