The Silken Thread Author Talk with Ray Fisher

September 17, 4:30 pm

Cane Hill College, 14219 College Road, Canehill, AR


Join us for a program about how bugs have changed human societies.

Entomologist Ray Fisher will use research from the book The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History, which he co-authored with Robert N. Wiedenmann, to focus on these intertwined histories of insects and people. The program will continue the book’s use of biology to complement history, showcasing the huge impacts these small creatures have played throughout time, primarily in spreading disease during the 19th century—a defining period for Cane Hill society. Dr. Fisher will give a talk about this unique context of 19th-century history and then host a Q&A and signing.

This program is part of our Habitat Humanities Series focusing on the interplay between the human world and the rest of the natural world! Being so involved in our created environment, humans often forget how impactful plants and animals are in our current lives and in our history. Silken Thread will allow the audience to zoom in on our shared history with insects, with implications for our environment today.

The Silken Thread author talk will feature during the 2022 Cane Hill Harvest Festival, so come early and stay late for this fascinating talk and more celebrations of Ozarks history and agriculture in Cane Hill!

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thank you to all of our Habitat sponsors.

This event is free to attend, but we ask that you register here.