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Distinguished Black Birder, J. Drew Lanham, • Douglas County

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 @ 7-8:30pm
Liberty Hall • 644 Massachusetts St. • Lawrence, KS • Map

J. Drew Lanham will present: "Range-Mapping: Connecting the Conservation Dots for the Human Animal"

"Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, S.C. A conservation ornithologist, naturalist and hunter-conservationist, Drew is also an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson University. He is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care, and is a speaker who eloquently connects birds, race and conservation ethics. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis MN) and Sparrow Envy, a book of poetry (Holocene Press, Spartanburg, SC). The Home Place was named a 2017 Nature Book of Uncommon Merit, the first time in the Burroughs Association history such a designation was awarded. The Home Place was also recently named the 2018 winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center's Reed Environmental Writing Award."

Lawrence Public Library is partnering with the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our ongoing series, Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture. Additional partners include National Endowment for the Humanities, Lawrence Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas Native Plant Society, Audubon of Kansas, Jayhawk Audubon Society, Topeka Audubon Society, Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education, Baker Wetlands and Raven Book Store.

A book signing will follow Dr. Lanham's talk and copies of The Home Place will be available to buy.

Contact: Shirley Braunlich sbraunlich@lplks.org 785-843-3833 ext. 130

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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