Telling Science Stories with Quilts

Saturday Speaker
Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States



Detail of handmade quilt

One of Guertin’s quilts inspired by Louisiana’s Christmas tree project to rebuild the state’s coastline.

Our coastal zones have been losing land for a variety of complex reasons: sea-level rise, diversion of river sediments, subsidence of land, and loss of vegetation, to name a few. Much of the conversation focuses on the “doom and gloom” aspects, but success stories from around the globe describe scientists working successfully with local communities on restoration. Sharing these stories is an important part of creating “coastal optimism” and motivating people to action.

Join Laura Guertin as she talks about the Stitching Hope for the Coast project, using quilting and other forms of stitchery as a way to engage nonscientists in more optimistic conversations about the coast and earth science.

About the Speaker

Laura Guertin is a professor of earth science at Penn State Brandywine with a background in marine geology and geophysics. A fellow of the Geological Society of America and a blogger with the American Geophysical Union (GeoEd Trek), she explores innovative ways to communicate science to nonscientists inside and outside the classroom. She has received funding from such organizations as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency to research and develop effective pedagogical approaches in earth science education and outreach.

About the Series

Dive into fascinating stories of science with our Saturday Speaker Series!

Once a month, from September to May, a speaker will offer a short talk on an intriguing scientific topic, followed by a Q&A or discussion over complimentary tea and coffee. Afterward, feel free to mingle with other guests and the speaker, or spend time visiting our free museum. This year we'll be discussing everything from quilting to help communicate science, to the effects of sleep deprivation, to modern technologies imagined by ancient cultures.

Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.