Birdsong Like a Canopy

Beauty, Art & Ecology

a forum

April 5-6, 2024

"The river will run clear,
as we will never know it,
and over it, birdsong like a canopy."

—Wendell Berry

Our Spring 2024 forum will explore the values of Generosity, Wonder, and Craft as they relate to a grateful engagement with nature and agriculture.

Through lectures, workshops, visual art, and shared meals, we hope to foster a deeper wonder of the natural world and equip the community in creative stewardship.

FRIDAY EVENING 

Look & See

Included in the weekend will be a special screening of the award winning documentary film by Two Birds Films—Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. In 1965, Berry returned to his home in Henry County, Kentucky and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. “When we make our art we are also making our lives, and I am sure that the reverse is equally true.”—Wendell Berry, Imagination in Place

Two Birds Films

Film Screening

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April 5, 2023

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The Mercantile in Rock Hill, SC

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6pm

SATURDAY ALL DAY

Forum Events

Online ticket sales end on Apr 5, 2024 | Tickets will be available at the door for additional cost

general admission tickets

ENTIRE FORUM

$90

Includes all events on Friday and Saturday (except the Maurice Manning workshop). Breakfast & dinner are included (lunch on your own).

SATURDAY AM (only)

$45

Access to Saturday AM content as well as breakfast and one seminar on Saturday afternoon (excluding Maurice Manning workshop)

SATURDAY PM (only)

$55

Access to Saturday PM content as well as dinner and one seminar on Saturday afternoon (excluding Maurice Manning workshop)

student tickets

(must have current student ID)

student ENTIRE FORUM

$60

This includes attendance for any/all events on Friday and Saturday (except the Maurice Manning workshop), as well as breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own). Please have Student ID ready.

student SATURDAY AM (only)

$30

Access to Saturday AM content as well as breakfast and one seminar on Saturday afternoon (excluding Maurice Manning workshop). Please have student ID ready.

student SATURDAY PM (only)

$30

Access to Saturday PM content as well as breakfast and one seminar on Saturday afternoon (excluding Maurice Manning workshop). Please have student ID ready.

Writing Workshop

$50

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Poet Maurice Manning will be leading a 3-hour workshop on writing poetry on Saturday afternoon. Space will be limited in this event.

Tickets for this workshop are separate — not included in the Forum ticket price.

Speakers & Contributors

DOUG TALLAMY

Scholar & Writer

 co-founder of HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK®. HNPARK.org Garden Club of America Medal for Conservation Recipient Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware

MAURICE MANNING

Scholar & Poet

Pulitzer finalist for Poetry in 2011 Professor of English, Transylvania University

MATTHEW DICKERSON

Scholar & Writer

Professor, Middlebury College in Vermont

CRAIG MORROW

Artist &
Barbecue Provocateur/Caterer

Proprietor Live Fire Feasts Presenting our Saturday night Feast!

DAVID APPLEGATE

Patron

Board member, Friday Arts Project

WESLEY VANDER LUGT

Scholar & Writer

Co-Founder of Kinship Plot Acting Director of the Leighton Ford Center for Theology, the Arts, and Gospel Witness

KIRK IRWIN

Arts Advocate

Director of Friday Arts Project