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Three Environmental Writers to Speak at Michigan State University

Three Environmental Writers to Speak at Michigan State University

    A Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper reporter, a former National
Geographic Magazine writer and an Oberlin College professor will speak at
Michigan State University this spring as part of a lecture series organized
by the Environmental Journalism Program at MSU's School of Journalism.

	The public is invited to attend all three lectures at no charge.
Cookies and beverages will be provided at all three events, which will be
held in the Communication Arts Building.

	The first speaker will be Stuart Leavenworth, a Pulitzer Prize
winning reporter and editor for The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., who
will talk on Feb. 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in room 249 of the Communication
Arts Building. He will speak about "Boss Hog: The Environmental Threat of
Industrial Pig Farms." Leavenworth was part of a team of reporters who won
a Pulitzer prize in 1996 for coverage of the environmental and social
impacts of massive industrial pig farms in North Carolina.

	Leavenworth earned a bachelor's degree at the University of
California at Santa Cruz and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia
University. He has worked as a journalist in Tokyo, Japan and at the
Shreveport (La.) Journal, the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and since 1992 at The
News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

	His series at The News & Observer on the seafood industry led to an
overhaul of the state's marine fisheries laws. His coverage of the
environmental threats to the Neuse River led to the passage of laws
limiting nutrient pollution from farm fields and sewage treatment plants.

 	Leavenworth is a charter member of the U.S. Society of
Environmental Journalists (SEJ)  and helped organize SEJ's national
conference at Duke University and a regional conference in Atlanta.

	The second speaker is Noel Grove, a freelance writer, who will
speak  from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on March 26 in room 191 of the Communication
Arts Building on the subject "Eye on the World: 25 Years at The National
Geographic Magazine." From 1969 to 1994 Grove traveled the world as a staff
writer and editor at The National Geographic where he wrote about illegal
international wildlife trade, air pollution, supertankers, Nigeria,
Venezuela, Taiwan, Alaska, Thailand and many other topics. In 1988 he was
named the magazine's first senior assistant editor for the environment.

	Grove is the author of four books including Wildlands for Wildlife,
which sold more than half a million copies. He has also written two other
books with environmental themes, Preserving Eden and Birds of North

	Grove is a charter board member of the Bicycle Federation, the
leading advocate of bicycling in the United States, and the founding
treasurer of the U.S. Society of Environmental Journalists. He and his
wife, Barbara Payne, and their 12-year-old daughter Eleni live in a
200-year-old farmhouse near Middleburg, Va.

	The third speaker is David Orr, chair of environmental studies at
Oberlin College in Ohio. Orr will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 2
in room 236 of the Communication Arts Building on the topic of "Ecological
Literacy: The Media's Role."

	Orr has won numerous national awards for his work in environmental
education and ecological literacy.  He is the author of Earth in Mind:
Essays on Education; Environment: The Human Prospect; and Ecological
Literacy and the Transition to a Post-Modern World.

	Orr holds a bachelor's degree from Westminster College, a master's
degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of
Pennsylvania. He was awarded a National Conservation Achievement Award by
the National Wildlife Federation, the Lyndhurst Prize by the Lyndhurst
Foundation and the Benton Box Award from Clemson University.

	He is  the education editor for Conservation Biology and a member
of the advisory board of Orion Nature Quarterly. He also is a member of the
board of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, Calif. and the Center for
Respect of Life and Environment in Washington, D.C.

	All three lectures are sponsored by the Environmental Journalism
Program at Michigan State University's School of Journalism.  The lectures
are being supported by the Dart Foundation. Professor Orr's appearance is
also being supported by several other departments at MSU.

	The Environmental Journalism Program was established in 1995 by
Professor Jim Detjen when he came to MSU as the Knight Chair in Journalism,
the nation's only endowed chair in environmental journalism.  The chair was
established with a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight

	For more information contact Detjen, director of MSU's
Environmental Journalism Program, at 517-353-9479, or Barb Miller,
Professor Detjen's assistant, at 517-432-1415

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Jim Detjen
Knight Chair in Journalism
Director, Environmental Journalism Program
MSU School of Journalism
341 Communication Arts
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Phone (517) 353-9479
Fax (517) 355-7710