Lecture by Elliott Millinor
An Academic History of Art and Nature
FREE, Please call the Museum to Register at 828.327.8576
(a minimum of 8 participants is required for program to run)
The program starts at the Museum where Elliott Millinor will give a lecture on Kant's aesthetics and natural teleology (45 - 60 minutes). Participants will then view Jonathan Brilliant's HICKORY STICKS exhibition.
Participants will then drive to Riverbend Park for a guided nature hike that highlights plants and animals that embody beauty, the sublime, and/or are ecologically significant. The hike will last 1.5 - 2 hours and cover approximately 2.5 miles of trails. Please pack a snack and some water.
Elliott Millinor is a lifelong resident of Hickory, North Carolina. He received his B.S. in Biology and M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Elliott’s scientific research interests include the diversity, distribution, and life histories of reptiles and amphibians, symbiotic relationships, and functional ecology. His historical and philosophical work focuses on the intersection of scientific knowledge, historical development, and scientific praxis. In particular, he is interested in the philosophical roles ontology plays in maintaining science’s monopoly on truth-claims and the challenges this presents in an increasingly diverse social and cultural environment. Elliott has presented his scientific and historical-philosophical research at the local, state, and international levels. He currently works as a Park Ranger for Catawba County Parks and as an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University where he teaches classes in Environmental Ethics/Aesthetics and Nature In and Through History. Elliott will assume a position at Arizona State University as a PhD student in the Biology and Society program beginning in January 2018. He currently resides in Hickory with his girlfriend, Katelyn, their dog, Carter, and snake, Raisin.