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2021 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture: Dr. Banu Subramaniam (in person and virtual)

October 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A talk by Banu Subramaniam, professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Trained as a plant evolutionary biologist, Subramaniam engages the feminist studies of science in the practices of experimental biology. Author of Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (University of Washington Press, 2019), and Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (University of Illinois Press, 2014), Banu’s current work focuses on the study of botany’s roots in colonialism and imagines ways to untether botany from the violence of its past. She also explores the relationship between science and Hindu religious nationalism in contemporary India. and the relationship between science and religious nationalism in India. Subramaniam is the speaker for the 20th annual Geddes Simpson Lecture.

This is a hybrid event beginning at 1 p.m. EST. To attend virtually, visit

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series features speakers of prominence who provide significant insight on the intersection of science and history. In 2001, Simpson’s family established the Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Fund at the University of Maine Foundation. Simpson was a well-respected faculty member whose 55-year career in the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station began in 1931. He chaired the Entomology Department from 1954 until his retirement in 1974.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 581.5100.

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This is a UMaine Homecoming Event.


October 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Heidi Bambrick
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McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House
2 Alumni Place
Orono, Maine 04469
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