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 of The 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?”
- 2015: Jennifer Baichwal, film maker
- 2016: Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction”
- 2017: James Workman, journalist, author, and essayist
- 2018: Elizabeth Rush, educator and author
- 2019: Ross Gay, educator and author
- 2021: Winona LaDuke, rural development economist, activist, and author