University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
April 7, 2010
Contact: Alice Jackson, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6639, (251) 599-5626
 

Noted Scientist E.O. Wilson to speak at the University of South Alabama

 
Author E. O. Wilson will present the Phi Kappa Phi Lecture on Wednesday, April 14. at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the University’s Health Sciences Building

Native Alabamian, renowned scientist, and two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning author E. O. Wilson will present the Phi Kappa Phi Lecture on Wednesday, April 14. at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the University’s Health Sciences Building.

Wilson will speak and read from his new novel “Anthill” during the lecture, which is co-sponsored by the University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing and Jaguar Productions. This event is free and open to the public.

The Harvard University research professor emeritus, who grew up in Mobile, is an internationally known naturalist, environmentalist, ecologist, and entomologist often identified with his studies of ants and known as the "father of biodiversity."  He is the author of more than 20 books, including “On Human Nature” and “The Ants,” for which he won Pulitzer Prizes.

The Birmingham native and former Murphy High School student received an honorary degree from the University in 2003.

Wilson may be best known for his memoir, “Naturalist,” which chronicles his childhood along the Gulf Coast where his early interest in science began and ripened. While living in Mobile, the budding young naturalist explored the nearby wild lands, including the vast delta created by the Tensaw River on the east and the Mobile River on the west.

Wilson will also be honored at a public reception at Blakeley State Park on April 15.

Wilson has been hailed by various organizations as both one of the world’s leading environmentalists and intellectuals. In 1995, “Time” magazine listed him as one of the 25 most influential Americans. He has received more than 100 international awards and prizes.

For additional information on his University appearance, contact Dr. Sue Brannan Walker at suebrannanwalker@me.com; for information on the booksigning, contact Karin Wilson at Karin@pageandpalette.com; and for information on the Blakeley reception, contact Jo Ann Flirt at jaflirt@aol.com.

 
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