Letter: Award-winning author to lecture at WICA in Langley


The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series Planning Committee, in conjunction with the Sno-Isle Libraries and Foundation, is pleased to announce that this year’s lecturer will be Dr. Wade Davis. Davis is a Canadian cultural anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, photographer, filmmaker and professor. His lecture entitled, “Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World,” will be given live and in-person on Friday, May 6 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Davis’ work has largely focused on the extraordinary diversity of the world’s indigenous cultures and languages and has taken him to the far reaches of the globe. He was an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society (NGS) from 2000 to 2013. Named by the NGS as one of the “explorers for the millennium,” he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

Davis is the author of 22 books, including “One River,” “The Wayfinders” and “Into the Silence: The Great War,” “Mallory and the Conquest of Everest” (2011), which won the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language. He holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. He has produced 13 documentary films, including “Light at the Edge of the World,” an eight-hour TV documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Society.

A professional speaker for over 25 years, Davis has lectured at some 200 universities in the U.S. and abroad, and made presentations for the National Geographical Society, TED, Bohemian Grove, the Young Presidents Organization, and more than 100 corporate clients.

The presentation is free and open to the public and starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The event will be recorded and accessible for later viewing on the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation website.

For more information about the Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, please visit https://sno-islefoundation.org/trudy-sundberg.

Marshall Goldberg,

Chair of Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series Planning Committee

Oak Harbor