Join the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation for this in-depth discussion with Dr. Drew Lanham as part of our 2021 Wilderness Speaker Series. 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 scholarly 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, Terrain, 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.
The Wilderness Speaker Series is a collaboration between BMWF, the Flathead-Kootenai Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association, the Northwest Montana Lookout Association, and the Natural Resources Conservation Management Program at Flathead Valley Community College.