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RBA is collaborating with the Seneca Park Zoo Society to host a special speaker on Tuesday, September 27, on the RIT Campus (COLA Auditorium in the College of Liberal Arts).


Drew Lanham is a birder, hunter, writer, and profound thinker about man’s relationship to nature. In his twenty years as Clemson University faculty he’s worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. In his teaching, research, and outreach roles, Drew seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable.  As a Black American he’s intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care.  Drew is also a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. RBA president Laura Kammermeier describes Drew’s writing like this: “he chisels out words like a blacksmith on metal.”

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Drew’s talk is sponsored by the Zoo.

Drew’s first solo work, The Home Place-A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, was recently published.  By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today.

Drew’s talk is titled:  “The Uncomfortable Elephant Bird of Color in the Room–Addressing the Coming Changes in Conservation.”  He discusses the future of conservation and the necessity to broaden the message beyond its current audience.

Put this one on your calendar!

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm
RIT Campus – COLA Auditorium, located in the College of Liberal Arts
Sponsored by Seneca Park Zoological Society and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Books available. Book signing to follow.


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