Ornithologist and Author J. Drew Lanham to Visit Kalamazoo in September

When:
September 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Where:
Chenery Auditorium
South Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo
Cost:
Free
Ornithologist and Author

J. Drew Lanham to Visit Kalamazoo in September

By Donna Keller

Photo: Camilla Cerea
     In the June 2021 ASK newsletter, I wrote about The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by ornithologist and author, J. Drew Lanham. More than a year later, the book still resonates for me.  Now, Dr. Lanham is coming to Kalamazoo! I’m very excited that ASK is co-sponsoring his visit on Monday, September 12, 6:00 PM, at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, as part of the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Terry Todd International Speaker Series. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, please visit https://naturecenter.org/programs/ttiss/

From the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s website:

Dr. Lanham 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 will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.

J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. He holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature and Sparrow Envy.

Mark your calendar, pre-register, and come hear this important conservation voice!