Reading: Drew Lanham
Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina. A conservation ornithologist, naturalist and hunter-conservationist, Drew is also an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson University. He is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care, and is a speaker who eloquently connects birds, race and conservation ethics. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis MN) and Sparrow Envy, a book of poetry (Holocene Press, Spartanburg, SC). The Home Place was named a 2017 Nature Book of Uncommon Merit, the first time in the Burroughs Association history such a designation was awarded. The Home Placewas also recently named the 2018 winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center's Reed Environmental Writing Award.
Lawrence Public Library is partnering with the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of its ongoing series, Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture. Additional partners include National Endowment for the Humanities, Lawrence Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, NAACP Lawrence Kansas Branch, Kansas Native Plant Society, Audubon of Kansas, Jayhawk Audubon Society, Topeka Audubon Society, Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education, Baker Wetlands and Raven Book Store. We will be selling books at Lanham's talk.
A book signing will follow Dr. Lanham's talk, and we will be selling copies of The Home Place at the event.
From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina--a place "easy to pass by on the way somewhere else"--has been home to generations of Lanhams.