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Environmental Studies
University of Mississippi

Dr. Drew Lanham to Deliver Earth Day Keynote Address

 Drew Lanham

Drew Lanham

“Head to Heart–Creatively Writing the Bridge Between Science and Art,” the 2019 University of Mississippi Earth Day Keynote Address on April 24 at 7 pm in the Law School Weems Auditorium is hosted by the Environmental Studies Minor with support from the Office of Sustainability.

The author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, Dr. Lanham’s academic and literary work examines the relationships between the environmental movement, race, history, and the question of belonging.

A birder, naturalist, ornithologist, and hunter-conservationist from South Carolina, Dr. Lanham is also an active board member for the National Audubon Society as well as several other conservation boards and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University.

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (MILKWEED EDITIONS 2017) received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal ( Dr. Lanham’s essays and poetry have been published in OrionAudubonFlycatcher, and Wilderness; his work has also been included in several anthologies, including The Colors of NatureState of the HeartBartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home ( He has been featured in National Geographic and is well known for the video “Bird Watching While Black“, which was adapted from one of his essays, 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher

For syllabi consideration, this event’s applicable subject areas include, but are not limited to African American Studies, English, poetry, history, ornithology, ecology, and biology.