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National Society for Economic Botany to Hold Annual Meeting at FSU and ACM

Many Events Free and Open to Public at Week-Long Event

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany (SEB), to be held Saturday, June 2, through Thursday, June 7, at Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland, will feature a number of events that are free and open to the public. With a theme of Ethnobotany of Mountain Cultures, the meeting will feature a range of activities, including workshops, entertainment, food celebrating Appalachian traditions and a farmers market.

SEB brings together scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, activists and students to learn all kinds of uses that various cultures have made of plants, from medicines to food to vessels.

The public events are as follows:

• There will be a pre-conference student-led service project and photography workshop on Saturday, June 2.

• On Sunday, June 3, an evening farmers market will be held in FSU’s Upper Quad from 4 to 8 p.m. as well as music and folktales from Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, winners of the 2011 Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong Legacy Award, from 7 to 9 p.m. Listen while feasting on an old fashion outdoor pig roast (vegetarian options available).

• A photography exhibit, “Celebrate Forests: Glimpses Into the Communities and Ecosystems That Sustain Us All,” will begin Monday, June 4, in the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery of the Fine Arts Building at FSU. The exhibit, which will run through Friday, Aug. 10, will include photographs by Josh Birnbaum, Michael DiBari, Pradeep Edussuriya, Peter Hoffman and Jim Korpi. An opening reception will be held at the Roper Gallery on June 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Also on Monday, dance the night away at the Student Mixer to traditional bluegrass music. United Plant Savers will present about the At-Risk List and Medicinal Plant Conservation and talk about opportunities to be involved with United Plant Savers.

• On Tuesday, June 5, Dr. W. Hardy Eshbaugh will present his talk, “With Drum and Stethoscope – Medicine on the Far Side,” at 8 p.m. in the College Center’s theater, the Robert Zimmer Theatre in the ACM College Center.

FSU and ACM are teaming up to welcome SEB to Western Maryland. For more information, contact Dr. Sunshine Brosi, SEB’s conference coordinator, at Information is also available at or by emailing

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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