CFUW Kanata History Group

Friday, January 25, 2019      9:30-11:30 a.m.

Kanata Seniors Centre  (click to see map)


Trees with a Past

Who planted Ottawa's street trees? Why were  they planted?  How have they adapted (or not) to the growing urban infrastructure?

Joanna will focus on the stories of individual trees -- a renegade Manitoba maple; the Rosybloom crab apples that turned the Centennial year pink; an ancient bur oak -- and consider what the past can tell us about the future for Ottawa’s urban forest.


Dr. Joanna Dean
B.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Carleton)

Joanna is an associate professor in the History Department at Carleton University where she teaches environmental history.

In her role as an environmental historian she examines the history of our relations with plants and other animals. Most recently, she ran a lecture series, Beastly Histories, and co-edited Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human Animal Relations in Urban Canada (2017).

In 2012, Joanna curated an exhibit at the Bytown Museum Six Moments in the History of an Urban Forest, and she has published works about the unruliness of city trees, and social inequities in the distribution of canopy cover.

She chaired the Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee, and is currently on sabbatical writing a book about the history of Ottawa’s urban forest.

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