Closer Look: Remembering the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison; Inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s New Southeastern Center for Conservation

In this April 5, 1994 file photo, Toni Morrison smiles as she holds an orchid at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Nobel Prize-winning author has  died Monday, Aug. 5. She was 88.
In this April 5, 1994 file photo, Toni Morrison smiles as she holds an orchid at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Nobel Prize-winning author has died Monday, Aug. 5. She was 88.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: One million plant and animal species are currently at risk of extinction, according to a report released this summer by the United Nations. A new facility at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Southeastern Center for Conservation, aims to address this. The new, two-story, 11,000 facility, which opened this summer, is dedicated to the research and preservation of endangered plant life. CEO and President of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Mary Pat Matheson, recently showed Closer Look host Rose Scott around the center and discussed the $7 million project.
  • Today, we remember the life and legacy of Toni Morrison, a Nobel laureate in literature and author of 11 novels. Morrison died this week at the age of 88 years old. Closer Look will revisit a conversation between Morrison and Valerie Jackson for the WABE program “Between the Lines.” Plus, we hear a conversation about Morrison’s impact on the literary world and how Spelman faculty has used her work within their curriculum with Dr. Michelle Hite, associate professor of English and Honors Program director at Spelman College.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.