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Noted Nonfiction Writer to Speak

Scott Russell SandersSEPT. 14, 2009 | Noted nonfiction writer Scott Russell Sanders will be a visiting author and keynote speaker at the Undergraduate Society for Critical and Creative Engagement Oct. 1-2 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

On Oct. 1, Sanders will read from his latest work, “A Conservation Manifesto” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

On Oct. 2, he will present a noon keynote speech at the Undergraduate Society for Critical and Creative Engagement in the Kinnickinnic Theater of the University Center. The speech is free and open to the public. The third annual undergraduate academic conference is an opportunity for students to present critical papers on literature and creative writing on any topic.

A major spokesperson for the conservation movement, Sanders’ more than 20 books including “Staying Put,” “Writing from the Center,” and “Hunting for Hope.” His latest book, “A Conservation Manifesto”(2009) imagines a shift from a culture based on consumption to one based on caretaking. His writing honors include the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the Indiana Humanities Award, and the Mark Twain Award. His memoir, “A Private History of Awe,” was nominated by the publisher for a Pulitzer Prize. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and in all of his writing he is concerned with our place in nature, the work of social justice, the practice of community, and the search for a spiritual path.

Born in Tennessee and reared in Ohio, Sanders studied at Brown University and earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge University before going to become a Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. For more information contact the English department t at 715-425-3537. For more information contact English Professor Michelle Parkinson, michelle.parkinson@uwrf.edu, 715-425-3850.


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