“The Uncomfortable Elephant Bird of Color in the Room—Addressing the Coming Changes in Conservation”
Sponsored by the Seneca Park Zoo Society and Rochester Institute of Technology Office for Diversity and Inclusion
What: A talk by professor, author, zoologist, and activist Dr. J. Drew Lanham focusing on the need for equal access and inclusion in conservation science as well as ideas for connecting African-American youth to nature.
When: September 27 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Where: COLA Auditorium located in the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology
Directly after the discussion, Lanham will sign copies of his newest autobiography, The Home Place: A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature and his latest book of poetry, Sparrow Envy.
Dr. Lanham has delivered talks on diversity in conservation internationally and advocates for a more democratic and artistic approach to environmentalism, especially in activities such as bird watching. In his video manifesto Rules for the Black Birdwatcher, Lanham laments the dearth of black birdwatchers: “When I meet another black birder, it’s like encountering an ivory-billed wood-pecker—an endangered species. Extinction looms.” His advocacy work, research, and writing are about finding solutions to this inequity through open conversation.
Lanham holds a BA and MS in Zoology and a PhD in Forest Resources and is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University.