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@ Southern Illinois University - Scott AFB, IL
The Department of Biological Sciences and Arts & Issues will celebrate Darwin Day by presenting Dr. J. Drew Lanham. A native of Edgefield, S.C., Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram's Living Legacy and Carolina Writers at Home.
An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, Lanham and his family live in the upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.
Darwin Day is celebrated around the world to commemorate the birth of Charles Darwin. Each year the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences observes the event by hosting a speaker in the Ralph W. Axtell Lecture Series. The lecture takes place around the birthday of Charles Darwin (February 12) and celebrates his enormous contribution to science, particularly the theory of evolution by natural selection (published jointly with Alfred Russel Wallace) that underpins all aspects of modern biology. The series also honors the late Dr. Ralph Axtell, a renowned herpetologist who spent a 55-year career in SIUE’s Department of Biological Sciences and died in 2016.