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National Book Award-Winning Author Barry Lopez Will Speak At U.Va. In Environmental Series

March 3, 2004 -- The University of Virginia’s Brown College will sponsor a wide-ranging series of presentations by two visiting environmental writers and scholars, including National Book Award-winner Barry Lopez, in late March and early April.

Lopez, one of the most distinguished voices in environmental literature today, and Daniel Philippon, a U.Va. alumnus and environmental scholar at the University of Minnesota, will give public talks at several U.Va. and Charlottesville locations.

Acclaimed both for his fiction and nonfiction writing, Lopez will present a reading and talk on environmental issues at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, at the Charlottesville Senior Center. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, he will read from his work in the U.Va. Rotunda Dome Room, with a reception and book-signing to follow.

Philippon, director of the Program in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Ethics at Minnesota, will discuss Edgar Alan Poe’s imaginative writing about Albemarle County’s Ragged Mountains at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 4. The program will begin at the trailhead of Charlottesville’s Ragged Mountain Natural Area. (For additional information, call 434-924-7859.)

At 1 p.m. Monday, April 5, at Jefferson Hall on U.Va.’s West Range, Philippon will speak on literary history and the classic nature writer Aldo Leopold.

Lopez won the National Book Award for his 1986 work, “Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape.” His other noted nonfiction about the natural world includes “Crossing Open Ground” and “Of Wolves and Men.”

His award-winning short stories also address environmental issues of ethics and intimacy and are featured in the collections “Field Notes,” “River Notes” and “Desert Notes.” His most recent collection of stories is “Light Action in the Caribbean.”

Philippon’s most recent book is “Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement.” He also co-edited “The Height of our Mountains: Nature Writing from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.” He received his Ph.D. in English from U.Va. and was the first Sara Brown Fellow in Environmental Literature at Brown College.

Contact: Michael Lundblad, (434) 924-7859

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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