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Authors’ talk by E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris for their book “Why We Are Here"

featuring E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris

Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Building: Dixon Hall
Location: uptown campus

Why We Are Here:
Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City
By Edward O. Wilson (Author, Harvard University), Alex Harris (Author, Duke University)
Published by WW Norton/Liveright

Join us for a talk by the authors
Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Dixon Hall, Tulane University

Presented by Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods; Center for Bioenvironmental Research; New Orleans Center for the Gulf South; and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

From this historic collaboration between a beloved naturalist and a great American photographer emerges a South we’ve never encountered before.

Entranced by Edward O. Wilson’s mesmerizing evocation of his Southern childhood in The Naturalist and Anthill, Alex Harris approached the scientist about collaborating on a book about Wilson’s native world of Mobile, Alabama. Perceiving that Mobile was a city small enough to be captured through a lens yet old enough to have experienced a full epic cycle of tragedy and rebirth, the photographer and the naturalist joined forces to capture the rhythms of this storied Alabama Gulf region through a swirling tango of lyrical words and breathtaking images. With Wilson tracing his family’s history from the Civil War through the Depression—when mule-driven wagons still clogged the roads—to Mobile’s racial and environmental struggles to its cultural triumphs today, and with Harris stunningly capturing the mood of a radically transformed city that has adapted to the twenty-first century, the book becomes a universal story, one that tells us where we all come from and why we are here.

"A hybrid document meant to be as much about the meaning of place as it is about a place itself...”
--Publisher’s Weekly

“The great naturalist E. O. Wilson, who grew up in Mobile, and the photographer Alex Harris evoke and explore that exceptional city and its surroundings… The upshot, revealed in this uncommonly effective marriage of photographs and text, is a place at once deeply southern and more than a bit foreign.”
--The Atlantic Monthly

Sponsored by: A Studio in the WoodsA Studio in the Woods, Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors

For more information contact Camille Hill-Prewitt via email to info@astudiointhewoods.org or by phone at 504-392-5359

Additional information may be found at the event website at http://www.astudiointhewoods.org/sitw/2012/10/authors-talk-by-e-o-wilson-and-alex-harris-for-their-book-why-we-are-here-mobile-and-the-spirit-of-a-southern-city/






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