Friday, August 19 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lecture: The Life and Times of Ethnobiologist Richard Schultes

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As a Harvard grad student in the late 1930’s, Richard Schultes travelled to Oaxaca where he carried out the first scientific documentation of indigenous utilization of entheogenic mushrooms in the New World. His groundbreaking field research there led directly to the more well-known efforts of people like Albert Hoffman and Tina and Gordon Wasson. And Schultes’ carried out his studies in Mexico shortly after concluding his investigations of peyote, meaning he helped bring both peyote and psilocybin to the attention of the world prior to his 27th birthday. Nor did he stop there – his next sojourn was more than a decade in the Amazon where he carried out seminal research on ayahuasca.

This lecture – by one of Schultes’ former students – details Schultes’ work on hallucinogens of the Americas and discusses how his emphasis on a “biocultural” methodology led directly to one of the creative and effective approaches to more respect for – and better protection of both cultural and biological diversity in tropical America.

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Mark Plotkin

For much of the past four decades - from Oaxaca to the Amazon - ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin has been studying the medicinal fungi and plants used by indigenous healers. He serves as the President of the Amazon Conservation Team which has partnered with over 100 South American cultures... Read More →

Friday August 19, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Palm Theatre