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University of Mississippi

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Earth Day Keynote speaker for Green Week 2019:


Dr. Drew Lanham, photo courtesy of

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Dr. J. Drew Lanham

Dr. Drew Lanham is an author, birder, naturalist, ornithologist, and hunter-conservationist from South Carolina. He is also an active board member for the National Audubon Society as well as several other conservation boards and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University.

Dr. Lanham’s literary works examine the connections among environmentalism, conservation, race, space, and history. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. This publication received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Southern Book Prize, and was also a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal ( Dr. Lanham’s essays and poetry have been published in OrionAudubonFlycatcher, and Wilderness; his work has also been included in several anthologies, including The Colors of NatureState of the HeartBartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home ( Lanham has also been featured in National Geographic and is well known for the video “Bird Watching While Black“, which was adapted from one of his essays, 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher

Dr. Lanham’s The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature and other work may be purchased at Square Books in Oxford.

The Earth Day Keynote is hosted by the Environmental Studies Minor with support from the Office of Sustainability. The 2019 Earth Day Keynote will be held on April 24th, 2019 at 7 pm in Weems Auditorium (UM Law School). The Keynote Address is entitled “Head to Heart–Creatively Writing the Bridge Between Science and Art.”

Green Week 2019 will take place April 22nd – 26th. Stay updated on Green Week 2019 news and events by subscribing to the Office of Sustainability newsletter or visiting the Green Week website.


For syllabi consideration, this event’s applicable subject areas include, but are not limited to African American Studies, English, Poetry, History, Ornithology, Ecology, and Biology.