Barry Lopez, National Book Award-winner, will give a presentation titled “Leaving Lascaux: The Frontier of Human Nature,” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. His lecture is part of the Edwin Way Teale Series on Nature and the Environment.
Author, environmental activist, and, with E.O. Wilson, founder of an interdisciplinary university curriculum on the humanities and sciences, Lopez will describe how he continuously re-examines human culture and the physical landscape.
“We are an anesthetized culture,” says Lopez. “We have gotten ourselves into a situation where we’re able to live with comfort around carnage ... We don’t want to be there.”
In 1978, Lopez won the John Burroughs Medal for the best natural history book of the year for Of Wolves and Men. He received the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams in 1986, which has been described by The New York Times as a “unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams.”
Lopez has received the John Simon Guggenheim, the National Science Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation Fellowships, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Burroughs Medal, the John Hay Award, and Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction.