The University of Montevallo will welcome Dr. J. Drew Lanham as the guest speaker Thursday, Nov. 2 for the third annual lecture of the Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr. Lecture Series on the Rebecca J. Luker Stage in the Discover Shelby Theatre at the Alan and Lindsey Song Center for the Arts.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to general admission and seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, 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.
Most recently, he is the author of Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts. 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.”
Lanham is a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. 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.