Visiting Writer Dr. Drew Lanham: On Race and the Environment in the Age of the Climate Crisis

1 - 2pm

In honor of Black History Month, join noted writer and ornithologist, Dr. Drew Lanham, along with Derek Sheffield and Dr. Joan Qazi, and other members of the WVC Sustainability Committee, for a reading and conversation on the many intersections between race and the environment during this species moment when the life of the planet hinges on the decisions we make today. CDLT is a co-sponsor of this event.

This event will happen via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Registration required.

More about Dr. Drew Lanham below and here on his recent interview on On Being.

J. Drew Lanham, PhD, is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Master Teacher of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. He is a cultural and conservation ornithologist whose work addresses the confluence of race, place and nature. Drew is the Poet Laureate of Edgefield County, SC and the  author of Sparrow Envy - Poems (Holocene 2016, Hub City 2018), Sparrow Envy - A Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts (Hub City 2021) and The Home Place - Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed 2016/Tantor Audio 2018), winner of the Reed Environmental Writing Award (Southern Environmental Law Center), the Southern Book Prize and a 2017 finalist for the Burroughs Medal.  
The Home Place was most recently named memoir and scholary book of the decade. (Lithub and Chronicle of Higher Education, respectively).  Drew's creative work and opinion appears in Orion, Vanity Fair, Oxford American,  High Country News, Bitter Southerner,, Places Journal, Literary Hub, Newsweek, Slate, NPR, Story Corps, Threshold Podcast, Audubon, Sierra Magazine,This is Love Podcast and The New York Times, among others. Dr. Lanham is the winner of the Dan W. Lufkin Conservation Award (National Audubon Society ), Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award (North American Association for Environmental Education), and the E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation (Center for Biological Diversity). Drew is a Contributing Editor for Orion Magazine, a lifelong bird watcher and hunter-conservationist living in Seneca, SC.