Holly Moore to speak on 'The Garden of Adonis' May 1

March 28, 2012

Holly Moore's Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture "The Garden of Adonis: Ancient Analogue of the Modern Agricultural Revolution" scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the CRH has been postponed due to illness. Her lecture has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 102. Note that the time and place have been changed as well.

Moore's lecture is titled "The Garden of Adonis: Ancient Analogue for the Modern Agricultural Revolution."

A reception will follow the lecture in Qualley Lounge in the Center for Faith and Life.            

Both the lecture and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Moore's lecture discusses cult hero Adonis, a virile beauty cut down in his prime. To pay homage to Adonis, Athenian prostitutes created ritual "gardens." In eight days' time, using only clay pots and seeds, the women produced miraculously mature, flourishing plants. Just as both the plants and the sun reached their zenith, the women displayed their pots on the roof of the brothel, and the plants withered instantly, leaving no offspring or roots.

Moore's lecture focuses on how today, the world also produces seemingly miraculous agricultural products, but rather than appeal to the wonders of the gods, communities rely on the wonders of genetic modification.

She argues that maintaining the modern agricultural revolution seems dependent upon biological innovations that bear a striking resemblance to the Gardens of Adonis.

By investigating the relationships between these ancient and modern practices, Moore hopes to discover what modern agricultural practices say about the role of cultivation in the world today.

Moore holds the doctoral degree from DePaul University, where she wrote her dissertation on the concept of analogy in Plato's thought.

She joined Luther's philosophy department in 2010 and teaches courses in ancient and contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, feminist theory and logic. She and a colleague are developing a proposal for an edited volume on the role of gardens in contemporary ethical and social life.

Holly Moore