The Georgia Review Earth Day Symposium




Keynote Address by Lauret Savoy: “The Re-membered Past in a Changing World”
April 17, 7pm
Day Chapel
State Botanical Garden of Georgia



Panel Discussion: “Identity in 21St-Century Environmental Writing”
April 18, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Room 123
College of Environment + Design Building

A panel featuring all three speakers and moderated by Dorinda Dallmeyer, director of UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. 


Reading and Discussion Featuring David Gessner and Drew Lanham
April 18, 7pm
Room 271
Special Collections Library


Lauret Savoy, as a woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, explores the stories we tell of the American land’s origins—and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. Her newest book is Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape winner of the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the 2017 ASLE Creative Writing Award.  Her essays have appeared in such magazines as The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, ArtForum, and Orion. She is the David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies and Geology at Mount Holyoke College, a photographer, and pilot. Winner of Mount Holyoke’s Distinguished Teaching Award and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, Savoy has also held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University.

The author of books whose topics range from ultimate frisbee to ospreys over Cuba to the Gulf oil spill disaster, David Gessner’s latest environmental work is All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West, an informal look at the lives and work of two icons of environmental writing. Gessner is chair of the Creative Writing Department at UNC-Wilmington and Editor-in-chief of Ecotone magazine. His essays have appeared widely in such places as The Georgia Review, Orion, outside, and The American Scholar. He is a past recipient of the John Burroughs Award for Best Natural History Essay of the year.

Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African American role in natural-resources conservation. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, was published in 2016, a work that presents a land ethic that grows from family history, geography, race, and the natural world.

Receptions will follow the two evening events. Music by Hawkproof Rooster. These free events are open to the public and are sponsored in part by UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, the Willson Center, the UGA Office of Sustainability, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA.


Lauret Savoy photo by John Martins