The Georgia Review Earth Day Symposium
The Georgia Review’s tenth annual Earth Day program will be held on April 17-18. Events include a keynote address by Lauret Savoy at 7 p.m., April 17, at the Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia; a reading and discussion featuring David Gessner and Drew Lanham at 7 p.m., April 18, in Room 271 of the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries; and a panel featuring all three speakers and moderated by Dorinda Dallmeyer, director of UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. The panel will be held at 3:30 p.m., April 18, in Room 123 of the Jackson Street Building of the College and Environmental Design.
Lauret Savoy, as a woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, explores the stories we tell of the American land’s origins—and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. Her newest book is Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, winner of the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the 2017 ASLE Creative Writing Award. Her essays have appeared in such magazines as The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, ArtForum, and Orion. She is the David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies and Geology at Mount Holyoke College, a photographer, and a pilot. Winner of Mount Holyoke’s Distinguished Teaching Award and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, Savoy has also held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University.
The author of books whose topics range from ultimate frisbee to ospreys over Cuba to the Gulf oil spill disaster, David Gessner’s latest environmental work is All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West, an informal look at the lives and work of two icons of environmental writing. Gessner is chair of the Creative Writing Department at UNC-Wilmington and editor-in-chief of Ecotone magazine. His essays have appeared widely in such places as The Georgia Review, Orion, outside, and The American Scholar. He is a past recipient of the John Burroughs Award for Best Natural History Essay of the year.
Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African-American role in natural-resources conservation. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, published in 2016, a work that presents a land ethic that grows from family history, geography, race, and the natural world.
Receptions will follow the two evening events. These free events are open to the public and are sponsored in part by UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, the Willson Center, the UGA Office of Sustainability, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA.