February 14 2023, 7:30pm
SIUE Arts & Issues - Coloring the Conservation Conversation
In celebration of Darwin Day, the Department of Biological Sciences and Arts & Issues presents Dr. J. Drew Lanham, who will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature – and because of it – Lanham examines how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.
A native of Edgefield, S.C., Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy and Carolina Writers at Home. An alumni distinguished professor of wildlife ecology and master teacher at Clemson University, Lanham and his family live in the upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.
Darwin Day is celebrated around the world to commemorate the birth of Charles Darwin. Each year the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences observes the event by hosting a speaker in the Ralph W. Axtell Lecture Series. The lecture takes place around the February 12 birthday of Charles Darwin and celebrates his enormous contribution to science, particularly the theory of evolution by natural selection (published jointly with Alfred Russel Wallace) that underpins all aspects of modern biology. The series also honors the late Dr. Ralph Axtell, a renowned herpetologist who spent a 55-year career in SIUE’s Department of Biological Sciences and died in 2016.
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