Center for the Environment

2011 Leonora Woodman Memorial Lecture Series

September 15 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Krannet Auditorium

Rob Nixon the Rachel Carson Professor of English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will give the 2011 Leonara Woodman Memorial Lecture titled, "Rachel Carson and the Envirnmental Humanities" on Thursday, Septmeber 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm in the Krannert Auditorium. This event is sponsored the the Department of English, College of Ligeral Arts. For addtional informaiton regarding this event, please contact Professor Robert Marzec at (765) 494-3759 or


Professor Nixon received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of London Calling. V. S. Naipaul,
Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford); Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood. South African Culture and the World Beyond
(Routledge); Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador); and Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of
the Poor (Harvard). He teaches environmental studies, postcolonial studies, creative nonfiction, African literature, world
literature, and twentieth century British literature, and is affiliated with the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies,
the Center for Cultures and Histories of the Environment, African Studies, and the Creative Writing Program.

Professor Nixon is a frequent contributor to the New York Times; his writing has also appeared in publications such as
The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Village Voice, The Nation, The
Guardian, Outside, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent, and Slate. His writing on postcolonial studies,
environmental studies, and South African literature and culture has been widely anthologized and has appeared in
PMLA, Critical Inquiry, Modern Fiction Studies, Social Text, South Atlantic Quarterly, Ariel, Black Renaissance/
Renaissance Noire among other venues.

Dreambirds was selected as a Notable Book of 2000 by the New York Times Book Review and as one of the ten best
books of the year by Esquire. It was also serialized as Book of the Week on BBC Radio Four and received starred
reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, and Choice. Nixon's book London Calling was named by Choice as
one of the best academic books of the year.

Professor Nixon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a MacArthur
Foundation Peace and Security Fellowship, and a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship. He is currently a
Senior Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for the Humanities.

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