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The Annual Otis Lecture

Inaugurated in 1996, the annual Otis Lecture features a prominent speaker who visits the campus for a short residency, meeting with students and faculty, especially in environmental studies, to share their interests and discuss topics of concern.

Past Otis Lecturers

  • 1996: Max Oelschlaeger, author of The Idea of Wilderness.
  • 1997: Arlene Blum, pioneer woman mountain climber, author of Annapurna, A Woman’s Place.
  • 1998: Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge.
  • 1999: Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams.
  • 2000: Richard Nelson, author of The Island Within.
  • 2001: Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasure and Politics of Local Foods.
  • 2003: Pattiann Rogers, author ofThe Dream of the Marsh Wren.
  • 2004: Franklin Burroughs
  • 2005: William J. Cronon
  • 2006: Mary Oliver, Poet
  • 2007: Agnes Denes, Environmental Artist
  • 2008: Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • 2009: Scott Momaday
  • 2010: Sandra Steingraber, author of Living Downstream An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment
  • 2011: Camille Dungy, poet, author
  • 2012: Chris Jordan, photographer
  • 2013:  Ruben Martinez, “Desert America: Politics and Contemplation on the Mythic American Landscape
  • 2014:  Mike Hulme, “Climate Change: What’s Virtue Got To Do With It?”

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