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Wade Davis: "The Lost Amazon," Belk Lecture Jan. 20

01/18/2012

Wade Davis
Award-winning anthropologist, ethnobotanist, best selling author, photographer and filmmaker Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, will present "One River and the Lost Amazon - The Legacy of Richard Evans Schultes" at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Shriver Center Heritage Room. His lecture is the annual Belk Lecture sponsored by the department of botany.

Davis’ talk will focus on Richard Evans Schultes, considered the father of modern ethnobotany, “one of the most remarkable men of science, a beloved professor and a mentor to an entire generation of botanical explorers.”

Davis spent more than three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller that appeared in ten languages and was later released by Universal as a motion picture.

Davis is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2002 Lowell Thomas Medal (The Explorers Club) and the 2002 Lannan Foundation prize for literary nonfiction.

In 2004 he was made an honorary member of the National Geographic Explorers Club, one of just 20 in the hundred-year history of the club.

The lecture is sponsored by the department of botany and the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) with support from many other campus departments.

Davis presenst “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World” at 7:30 p.m. tonight, (Jan. 19) in Hall Auditorium. Free tickets (two per person) are available at the box office in Shriver Center for the Jan. 19 lecture.

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