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The sense of wonder: Lella Costa interprets Rachel Carson

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Torino, Italy

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17:00

September 26th at 17:00 in your time zone

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Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, writer, and mother of the environmental movement.

A courageous and outspoken opponent of pesticides, insecticides, and other agricultural poisons that were dumped unchecked into the soil, water, and air in the mid-20th century, Carson exposed herself to violent criticism from those who saw chemicals as a solution for everything and profited greatly from their use. Despite having cancer, Carson continued to write because she knew how high the stakes were. Largely thanks to the environmental movement that Carson’s writings inspired, the pesticide DDT was banned in the United States in 1972, and in Italy in 1978. Carson was already dead by this time, but the victory belonged to her.

While almost everybody has heard of Silent Spring, the environmentalist manifesto that Rachel Carson published in 1962, many are unaware of The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children, a beautiful book that captures the wonder of the universe as a child experiences it, reawakening in all of us an ancient desire for communion with the living world. This work first appeared as an article in the magazine Woman’s Home Companion in 1956 and was then published by Harper in 1965. Aboca published an Italian translation in 2020.

Actress, writer, and voice actress Lella Costa will perform a reading of Rachel Carson. Costa has collaborated on various radio and television programs and is best known for her theatrical monologues.

This event is free and open to all who are interested. To participate, please book a spot on the website (just click on the “Register” button on the event page and leave your email address). We recommend arriving at the Arena 10 minutes before the start of the event. The organizers reserve the right to reassign your seat if you are not present within 5 minutes of the start.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is presented by Slow Food, the City of Turin, and the Piedmont Region. We look forward to seeing you at Parco Dora in Turin from Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30. Through food, we can rediscover ourselves as part of nature. #TerraMadre2024.

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Event languages:
IT, EN

Event location:
Piemonte – Torino - Parco Dora, Parco Dora – Joannah Stutchbury Arena
Ingresso Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0901115, 7.672939

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