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Author, activist to speak for Santee Cooper Lecture Series

Environmentalist Rick Bass visits Nov. 30 for lecture, reading

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Environmental activist Rick Bass, author of "Oil Notes" and "The Heart of the Monster," will speak at Wofford on Nov. 30.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – American writer and environmental activist Rick Bass will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Wofford College as part of the Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability and Energy Issues.

Bass also will read from his two latest books, “Oil Notes” and “The Heart of the Monster,” during the event to be held in Room 113 of Phase V of The Village at Wofford on Evins Street. The event, presented by Wofford’s Environmental Studies Program, is free and open to the public. 

Bass, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, studied petroleum geology at Utah State University. He grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Miss. In 1987, he moved with his wife, artist Elizabeth Hughes Bass, to the remote Yaak Valley near Troy, Mont., where he worked to protect his adopted home from roads and logging. Bass has served on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies. He continues to give readings, write, and teach around the country and world. His papers are held at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University and Texas State University – San Marcos. He lives in Missoula, Mont. 

Wofford has applied for LEED certification for the location of the lecture, Phase V of The Village at Wofford, based on a number of sustainability factors. The building includes an energy dashboard, located in the elevator lobby outside its Grand Galleria, that allows the campus community to view how the building is functioning and real-time energy usage. Showers on the first floor of the building are provided to faculty and staff who commute to campus on bicycle or other alternative transportation. The building also features an electric car charging station.

It also is positioned to make use of natural light, reducing the use of energy from artificial light.

Wofford College and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned utility, in 2009 formed a partnership to create a lecture series on sustainability and energy issues. Speakers spend time on Wofford’s campus and at the college’s Goodall Center for Environmental Studies on the Lawson’s Fork Creek in Glendale, S.C.

The Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability and Energy Issues brings speakers from around the world, giving them a platform to discuss timely and pressing environmental issues with Wofford faculty and students, as well as students from the Spartanburg County public school systems and interested citizens.