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Zea Mays: An Introduction to the History and Culture of Corn and Maize

Zea Mays | Maize | Corn: Its Science, Culture, and Cuisine Webinar Series

Zea Mays: An Introduction to the History and Culture of Corn and Maize

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT

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This is the first webinar in a 3-part series hosted by the National Agricultural Library. Explore the history of maize domestication, its origin, spread, diversification, and culture. Learn about current research efforts to address the challenges of climate change on maize and corn production.

Gather insights from a seed preservationist who will share her Indigenous knowledge and describe the rematriation of seed sovereignty. Identify ways that Indigenous and Western knowledge systems can partner and benefit from each other.


Jim Holland, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim Holland is a Research Geneticist (Plants) with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and a Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

Dolores Piperno, Ph.D.

Dr. Dolores Piperno is a Senior Scientist and Curator of South American Archeology Emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Electa Hare-RedCorn, MSW

Electa Hare-RedCorn works for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, where she oversees Internship Programs in Natural Resources, supports Graduate Students in Food and Agriculture, and provides technical support for Native agriculture producers.

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