Wednesday January 14, 2009, 7 pm in Lecture Hall 1
Free and open to the public
Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD., is an Arab-American writer, lecturer, food and farming advocate, rural lifeways folklorist, and conservationist whose work has long been rooted in the U.S./Mexico borderlands region he affectionately calls "the stinkin' hot desert." He professor and Research Social Scientist based at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona--- his alma mater.
He teaches geography, as well as interacts with faculty and graduate students engaged in creative writing and ecology research. He continues advising or consulting with many non-profits--including the Renewing America's Food Traditions collaborative.
For his literary non-fiction, grassroots conservation and community-based ethnobiology projects, Nabhan has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing, a MacArthur "genius" award, a Lannan Literary Award, a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and Environment, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, and a Quivira Coalition award for excellence in science that contributes to "the radical center."
His numerous books include: Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods; Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine; Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods; Arab/American: Landscape, Culture and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts; Salmon Nation; Why Some Like it Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity; The Forgotten Pollinators, The Desert Smells Like Rain, Cross-pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry; Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture and Story; Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy; Coming Home to Eat and compiled and edited, Renewing Salmon Nation's Food Traditions published by EcoTrust. Nabhan's books have been translated in five languages, and he has lectured at universities in Mexico, Lebanon, Peru, Oman, Guatemala, and Italy, including Slow Food's University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo.
When not gardening, caring for heritage breeds of sheep and turkeys, he is active in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, the Orion Society and the local foods movement.
Event sponsored by: The Evergreen State College Provost Office in conjunction with the Curriculum in the Bioregion Project; Sustainability and Justice associated programs; Greater Olympia Slow Food
Evergreen State College contact: Martha Rosemeyer, 360-867-6646