January 30, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mike Tidwell will give the talk, "The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the coming Death of America's Coastal Cities," Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is the third event in the series, "American Writers/ American Places: Toward a Poetics and a Practice of Sustainability."

Tidwell, a Maryland author and filmmaker, predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast, according to series director Christopher Camuto, author and assistant professor of English at Bucknell.

"That quiet backwater region Tidwell came to love for the intricate ways in which the Cajun world was willfully 'lost' in the past is now post-Katrina-ground zero for concerns and storm surges and global sea-level rise.

"It's also an epicenter of discussion about the sociological and engineering challenges of living with – or against – the forces of nature in coastal regions," said Camuto.

Award-winning author
Founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Tidwell is the author of six non-fiction books focused on the themes of nature and travel. These include Amazon Stranger, which details efforts to save the Ecuadorian rainforest, and In the Mountains of Heaven, which relates his travels to exotic lands across the globe.

He is the recipient of four Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest prize in American travel journalism, and the 2003 Audubon Naturalist Society's prestigious Conservation Award. He is a former grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts.

His most recent documentary film, "We Are All Smith Islanders," details the dangers and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Charles H. Watts II Humanities Institute lecture series was established in 2006 by the CTW Foundation and its officers to honor the memory of Bucknell's 11th president. The Institute honors President Watts' love of the humanities, his dedication to learning, and his exceptional leadership at Bucknell by providing annual support for the interdisciplinary study of a selected topic of interest in the humanities.

For more information about the Humanities Institute series, see http://www.bucknell.edu/x37848.xml

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Jan. 30, 2008

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