Plant Medicine: Multi-species wellness in a global city

Date / Time

August 9, 2019 - November 3, 2019

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

This museum exhibit is part of a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the Field Museum of Natural History and UIC faculty in Biology, Anthropology, Public Health and Medicine. Our research brings together environmental anthropologists who study conservation in rural Latin America and the U.S., an ethnobotanist who looks at the medicinal uses of plants, biologists who count birds and track wild bee species, and an ethnographic photographer. We are interested in the ecologies that gardeners create, the social and political lives they build and the stories that they tell.

How do migratory human and non-human beings learn to grow and flourish in a city of steel and glass? Through the lens of plants, this exhibition explores the connections between nature, health and finding roots. All throughout the city, people otherwise dislodged or in flux — because of changing health, ability, geography, or family situation — turn to plants and planting to sow new roots. Read more about the exhibit at

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