Ecologist Anne LaBastille to discuss women's relationship to the wilderness

September 27, 2001

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Anne LaBastille will deliver a slide show and lecture, “Women and Wilderness” on Monday, Oct. 8, at East Tennessee State University. The internationally known author and ecologist holds the ETSU Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science this fall semester.

Dr. Eugenie Clark, a friend and colleague, plans to introduce LaBastille at the lecture. Called “The Shark Lady,” Clark is a renowned expert on sharks best known through her 24 television documentaries sponsored by international agencies, including National Geographic. Her appearance is dependent upon travel arrangements from her current research site in Borneo.

LaBastille lives in a cabin she built in 1965 in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She is a consultant, writer and photojournalist widely recognized for her work in the mountains of New York, the Everglades of Florida and sites across Central and South America, including the Amazon basin and the cloud forests of Guatemala.

She is the author of more than a dozen books, including her Woodswoman trilogy and Jaguar Totem, an account of her exciting adventures as an ecological consultant. Her many awards and honors include being the first woman to receive a Citation of Merit from The Explorers Club.

“Women and Wilderness” is the second in LaBastille's series of four lectures planned during the coming weeks. In addition, LaBastille is teaching “Wilderness Literature and Writing” during the fall semester at ETSU.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be given at 7 p.m., in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium, located in ETSU's D.P. Culp University Center. A book signing will follow the address.

For information, or special assistance for persons with disabilities, contact Dr. Judith Slagle in the ETSU department of English, (423) 439-4339.

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