Brevard College, in partnership with the Transylvania County Library, presents the 2024 J.R. McDowell Lecture Series on Thursday, April 11

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Speaker: Dr. J. Drew Lanham

In his talk, Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring an awareness of the natural world and a moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.

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.

Event Schedule for Thursday, April 11:

Presentation and Discussion in ENG 309 – Poetry Writing, taught by Dr. Alyse Bensel.

2:00-3:15 PM in McLarty-Goodson (MG) Room 125.

Open to faculty and students. Registration not required.

Community Presentation at the Porter Center
7:00-8:00 PM: Community Presentation, Scott Concert Hall, Porter Center. 

Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are required (see details below) and are free for Brevard College students, faculty, and staff.  The event is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.


Tickets are required for admission. We have free tickets to give away to students, faculty, and staff. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To pick up your ticket, stop by and see Abi Fuesler in the Academic Affairs Office (Beam Hall, 1st floor).