Award-winning author Patricia Klindienst will visit campus on Tuesday, Oct. 7 to discuss culture and sustainability in the gardens of ethnic Americans as part of the university’s Text in Community Series

October 6, 2008

DEARBORN / Oct. 6, 2008---Patricia Klindienst, author of The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans will visit the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Tuesday, Oct. 7 as part of the university’s Text in Community Series.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 1030 of the campus’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters building. A reception and book-signing will follow the presentation.

Klindienst’s book, which won an American Book Award for 2007, explores 15 gardens fashioned by people usually thought of as “other Americans”: Native Americans, immigrants and ethnic people who were here long before national boundaries were drawn, according to the publisher’s Web site. Her book explores how the making of gardens and the growing of food help ethnic and immigrant Americans maintain and transmit their cultural heritage while they put down roots in American soil.

Klindienst, who holds a doctorate in modern thought and literature from Stanford University, is a certified master gardener living in Connecticut.

The Text in Community series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost to engage the campus community in discussions with authors whose works focus on significant, current or emerging issues.

For more information, contact Suzanne Bergeron, associate professor of women's studies and social sciences and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, at 313-593-4591.






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