June 2 - Opening Reception
In the evening of June 2 there will be a welcome reception at the Meyer Gallery on the University campus, with generous hors d’oeuvres and a fully stocked bar. An exhibition by local artists will be on display with the themes of meadow landscapes and Appalachian forests.
No cost for registration, but please sign up for a head count when registering; drinks will be available for purchase.
June 5 - Banquet and Awards Ceremony
This year’s DEB Award will recognize the disciplinary contributions of John Rashford, Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston. Rashford’s research is pertinent to the theme of the meeting because he has focused on the ecological and sociocultural impacts of tree introductions from Africa to the West Indies. He is the leading expert on the genetic relationships and transfer of several trees of economic and religious significance from west Africa to the New World, such as ackee (Blighia sapida K. Konig), baobab (Adansonia digitaria L.) , and various figs (Ficus spp). Moreover, his studies investigate the cultural and symbolic aspects of plant use among the African diaspora in the New World, particularly in the Caribbean (Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados) and the relationship of African ethnobotany to the dynamics of social inequality. As a tribute to Rashford’s research, the Distinguished Economic Botanist Award Banquet will be held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.