What is NYU Reads?

NYU Reads brings the NYU community together around a single common reading, chosen by a University committee made up of faculty, student, and administrator representatives. Building on our undergraduate schools’ first-year reading programs, NYU Reads extends this dialogue beyond Welcome Week and opens it up to the entire University community.

2021-22: Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass book cover

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (2013) is our NYU Reads selection for the 2021-22 academic year.

Braiding Sweetgrass is a remarkable collection of essays seeking to reconcile science with traditional cultural knowledge. The author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and is a Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Woven together, the individual threads of Braiding Sweetgrass form a rich and lyrical meditation on our place in the natural world. Kimmerer’s book tells us how science and traditional cultural knowledge can complement each other as we strive to better understand the environment in which we live.

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Resources and Support

If you need emotional support while reading Braiding Sweetgrass, professional counselors are available to talk 24/7 through the Wellness Exchange hotline at 212-443-9999 or to chat through the Wellness Exchange app (available in the Apple App Store or Google Play).

Accessing the Book

How can I get copies of Braiding Sweetgrass from NYU Libraries?

Braiding Sweetgrass Ebook: Follow this link to the book and then select one of the links under “View Online.” You will need your NYU Net ID and password, and you will also need to go through multi-factor authentication. Please note that access to NYU Libraries resources will be available to incoming students beginning on June 2.

How can I get copies of Braiding Sweetgrass from the NYU Bookstore?

You can purchase either a paperback or a digital copy from the NYU Bookstore

For First-Year Students:

By when should I have read the book?

Events and discussions for Braiding Sweetgrass will take place primarily in the Fall 2021 semester, with some additional programming in Spring 2022. We recommend that you plan to read Braiding Sweetgrass over the summer, before the start of the fall semester.