David Haskell selected as Humana Lecture Series speaker

Posted by Centre News in Academics, Campus, News 28 Feb 2014

forest_unseen_featureAward-winning author David Haskell will visit campus as part of Centre College’s Humana Lecture Series, giving readings from his book The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.

creditbuckbutlerSet on a wooded hillside in Shakerag Hollow, Sewanee, Tennessee, the book follows Haskell’s observations of one square meter of forest floor over the course of one year. Haskell borrows the Buddhist concept of the mandala — a circular symbol that represents the entire universe — when describing the tiny patch of life he examined regularly (pictured right, photo by Buck Butler).

Haskell’s work is a winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and runner-up for the 2013 PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The Forest Unseen won the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature.

In addition to being a critically acclaimed author, Haskell is an award-winning professor of biology at Sewanee University. In 2009, he was recognized as the Carnegie and CASE Foundations Tennessee Professor of the Year, thanks to the unique way his classes blend scientific exploration, contemplative practice and community action.

Haskell’s lecture will be on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Wiesiger Theater.

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