Ethics Today

“Coloring the Conservation Conversation” with author and wildlife ecologist J. Drew Lanham

March 6, 2021

This episode of the Ethics Today podcast is a recording of the annual Leopold Week lecture hosted by Viterbo University on March 5, 2021. We discuss the continuing relevance of Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac," the challenges of being a black person doing field work in wildlife ecology, and how to make nature activities more inclusive. A native of Edgefield, S.C., J. Drew 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, he 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.

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