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Guest Lecture: Richard Louv


Date - February 16, 2012

Time - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Place - Fine Arts Auditorium, Film and Media Arts Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Part of the Exuberant Sustainability Symposium sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His new book is The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (May 2011, Algonquin Books), which offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future, Louv suggests, is available to all of us right now and offers better psychological, physical and spiritual health for people of every age.

Louv’s previous book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement to connect today’s children and future generations to the natural world.

In 2008, Louv was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society.  Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service” and has been a Clemson visiting professor. Among other awards, Louv is the recipient of the 2008 San Diego Zoological Society Conservation Medal, the 2008 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society, and the 2009 International Making Cities Livable Jane Jacobs Award. He also serves as Honorary Co-chairman, with artist Robert Bateman, of Canada’s national Children and Nature Alliance.

Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation. Between 1984 and 2007 he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and has been a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine. Louv served as an advisor both to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program and to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He is on the board of directors of ecoAmerica and a member of the Citistates Group. He has appeared before the Domestic Policy Council in the White House as well as at major governmental and professional conferences, nationally and internationally, most recently as keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. For more information, visit www.RichardLouv.com.

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