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Birding While Black

Liberty Hall


Dr. J. Drew Lanham is on a mission to diversify the ornithology community. Hear him talk about his passion for nature, birding, conservation ethics, and what happens when a black man goes birding in rural American woodlands.

Lanham is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature and Sparrow Envy, a book of poetry. 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 Place was also recently named the 2018 winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center's Reed Environmental Writing Award.

Grabbing your FREE ticket is very much appreciated so we can anticipate how many bar tenders we need! You can get one here.

Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina. A conservation ornithologist, naturalist and hunter-conservationist, Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson University.

The Home Place

A book signing will follow Dr. Lanham's talk and copies of The Home Place will be available to buy.

READ: 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher at Orion Magazine

Langston Hughes Center

Lawrence Public Library is partnering with the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our 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, Friends of Lawrence Area Trails, Baker Wetlands and Raven Book Store.

Suitable for:
All Ages

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