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On Belonging in the Outdoors- Dr. J. Drew Lanham

By Farrington Nature Linc

Dr. J. Drew Lanham will speak on "Coloring the Conservation Conversation"

Dr. J. Drew Lanham June 2nd at 7pm, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University
7pm – 8:15pm

Ages 14 to Senior Adult.


Farrington Nature Linc

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Join us for our free, virtual, spring speaker series, On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces hosted by Farrington Nature Linc, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, The Food Project, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon and The Walden Woods Project.

This series, running March - June, will feature prominent speakers whose work is advancing efforts to strengthen belonging and connection between communities of color and the benefits of time in nature.  Our speakers will be Akiima Price, Evelyn Rydz, Dr. Monica White and Dr. J. Drew Lanham.

On Wednesday, June 2nd at 7pm ET we will welcome Dr. J. Drew Lanham for his presentation "Coloring the Conservation Conversation". 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.

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew 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, he 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.