David Quammen, by Lynn Donaldson


Tracing Threads from Art to Science, from Ebola to the Serengeti Lion: an Evening with Science Writer David Quammen

In an increasingly complex and connected world, how do the relationships between humans, biological diversity, and landscapes shape our public health?


Join the Office of Sustainability and co-sponsoring departments on Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30pm for an evening with renowned author and science writer, David Quammen in Brendle Recital Hall. Quammen's 18 books include his 2012 work of nonfiction, Spillover, which detailed - and predicted - how a virus originating in non-human animals would soon spill over to humans and spread across the globe. Though he began his career as a novelist, in recent decades he has written only nonfiction, focused mainly on science, history of science, and the relationships of humans to landscape and biological diversity.


A pre-event reception will begin at 4:30pm in the lobby. Following the event, a variety of Quammen's books will be on sale for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


This event is presented by Wake Forest's Office of Sustainability and co-sponsored by The Provost's Fund for a Vibrant Campus | The A.C. Reid Philosophy Fund | The Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society | The Department of Biology | The Environment and Sustainability Studies Program | The Department of Health and Exercise Science |  The Environmental Law Clinic | The Andrew Sabin Family Center for Environment and Sustainability | The Journalism Program. 


About the Office of Sustainability Annual Keynote Lecture Series: Each year the Office of Sustainability partners with academic departments and offices across campus to bring renowned speakers to Wake Forest. These cross-disciplinary visits create opportunities for students, faculty, staff and members of the Winston-Salem community to engage with innovative ideas and world-class authors, activists, poets, and more. Previous speakers have included: Three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (2022), activist and writer Raj Patel (2019), urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter (2018), award-winning writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams (2017), Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell (2016), and activist and scholar Vandana Shiva (2014), among others. 

Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Brendle Recital Hall
1775 Wake Forest Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27109

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Speakers, Lectures, Special Events


Administrative, Sustainability

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Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students




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Erin Stephens

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