Book Club

SGIM Book Club

Thursday, April 7, 2022
9:50 am - 10:50 am

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Discussion Facilitators

Manasa Ayyala, MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Rachel Levine, MD, MPH, Scott Wright, MD & Kavita Chapla, MD,  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

In this year’s book club, we will discuss, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. In this book, the author, a highly accomplished botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, generously shares "other ways of knowing" as a paradigm for humans to learn from the oldest teachers (plants and the environment) and live in a state of reciprocity with the natural world.  We will consider together how we might apply concepts such as "allegiance of gratitude", "citizenship guide," "becoming indigenous to place," and "honorable harvest" to enlighten our work with patients, learners, and colleagues in the pursuit of this year's meeting theme of discovery, equity, and impact. 

The facilitators of this session have been members of many book clubs and have been leading a book club for GIM fellows for years. The session will be fun and we will all learn together. Happy reading!

Even if you don't finish (or read) the book, you will be able to participate.