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Author Barry Lopez to speak at Wofford

Barry Lopez
2010-01-15

Third in Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability & Energy

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Barry Lopez, author of National Book Award winner “Arctic Dreams,” will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Wofford College in the third program in the Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability & Energy. The program will be at 7 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. It is free and open to the public.

Lopez will speak on “Sustainability and Justice.”

Wofford and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned utility, partnered beginning in 2009 on the lecture series, which featured Christine Ervin and John Doggett in programs in the fall. The series also will feature “The Dam Symposium: Small-Scale Dams & Hydro from Three Perspectives,” a two-day program scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 and 17.

Lopez also wrote “Of Wolves and Men,” a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals, and eight works of fiction, including “Light Action in the Caribbean,” “Field Notes” and “Resistance.” His essays are collected in two books, “Crossing Open Ground” and “About This Life.” He contributes regularly to Granta, The Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, The Paris Review, Manoa and other publications in the United States and abroad. His most recent book is “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape,” a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney. In 2003, Lopez was appointed Texas Tech University’s first Visiting Distinguished Scholar, a position that formally recognized a variety of projects he had been working on at the university for two years. In 2001, he and E.O. Wilson, the Harvard biologist, designed a new undergraduate major for TTU’s Honors College. It combined study in the sciences and humanities into a single degree program, the bachelor of arts degree in natural history and the humanities.

Here are details of the March symposium:

Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17, 2010
“The Dam Symposium: Small-Scale Dams & Hydro From Three Perspectives”
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building, Wofford campus
Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., Wofford Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals


Three experts on dams and small hydro will convene at Wofford College and the Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals for a public discussion of the role on small-scale hydro in our energy future. The speakers will offer perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and science. The speakers are John Seebech, director of Hydropower Reform Initiative, American Rivers; Ginger Strand, author of “Inventing Niagara;” and Dr. Dave Hargett, principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI.

John Seebach
Seebach works to reduce the harm that hydropower dams cause to fish, wildlife, recreation, and the local communities that depend on these resources to survive and thrive. He is the chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. Seebach came back to American Rivers in June 2007 from the Hydropower Reform Coalition, where he had served as national coordinator since January 2005. Previously, he worked as a grant writer for American Rivers, an English teacher, an interpreter, a policy analyst, and a raft guide. A Kentucky native, Seebach has been an avid hiker, canoeist and kayaker for as long as he can remember.

Ginger Strand
Ginger Strand grew up in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, but mostly on a farm in Michigan. She has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper’s, The Gettysburg Review, The New England Review, and Orion, where she is a contributing editor. A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she lives in New York City. Strand’s book, “Inventing Niagara,” traces the course of natural wonder in America, illuminating what the falls have to tell us about our history, our environment, and ourselves. In a recent issue of Orion Strand wrote about small-hydro projects in New England. She is “obsessed with hydroinfrastructure,” and therefore is perfect panelist for The Dam Symposium.

Dr. Dave Hargett
Dr. Dave Hargett is principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI, based in Greer, S.C. He has served as a researcher, policy analyst, consultant, senior executive, and principal with several national consultancies. He has extensive experience in servicing federal, state, and local government agencies, industrial clients, law firms, development clients, non-profit organizations, and research consortia. Hargett is an independent environmental consultant providing technical services in the areas of water resources management, watershed and stream restoration, contaminated site remediation, brownfields and due diligence assessment, environmental permitting, and environmental stewardship. He serves as a senior scholar with the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and the South Carolina Water Resources Center, both at Clemson University.

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