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“O, Christmas Tree”: Trees in Myth, History, and Our Daily Lives

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 1:30 PM

Humankind and trees have been intimately linked from the moment our primate ancestors climbed down from the branches. We’ve evolved, but never really left the forest. Our first civilizations were built with, in, and around trees, and we continue to rely upon trees for food, fuel, weapons, tools, clothes, homes, and more.

An affinity for trees spans the globe and touches nearly every culture. Rooted in the earth with their branches reaching to the heavens, trees have played a prominent role in history, myth, folklore, and religion. We will explore how our planet’s most important plants have shaped our lives, including the Tree of Knowledge and the curious practice of bringing cut evergreens into our homes each December.

Date(s): Sat, Dec 07, 2013, 1:30–3 pm

Location: Room 1900, SFU Vancouver

Admission: Free and open to anyone of any age, but please register. Register

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • David Tracey

    David Tracey is a writer, designer and public speaker who specializes in community ecology. He has a master's degree in landscape architecture from UBC and a BA in politics from the University of California – Santa Cruz.

    A certified arborist and organic fruit tree expert, he is the executive director of Tree City, a non-profit group "helping people and trees grow together." His company, EcoUrbanist, provides environmental site design and consultation to individual, community, corporate and government clients.

    Tracey is also a journalist who reports on politics, culture and the environment for media around the world, including the International Herald Tribune, The Economist and Tyee. He is the author of Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution, Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto, The Mustard Seed, and The Miracle Tree. His most recent book is The Earth Manifesto: Saving Nature with Engaged Ecology (2013).

    The former editor of an international inflight magazine, he serves as a word coach, helping professionals and PhD candidates overcome the writing gaps that hold them back.



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