‘Where the Wild Things Were’ author speaks Oct. 10

Oct 02, 2013
Courtesy of: Everett Community College Will Stolzenburg, author of “Where the Wild Things Were,” will speak at EvCC on Oct. 10.

Award-winning journalist Will Stolzenburg will speak about his book “Where the Wild Things Were,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Everett Community College’s Henry M. Jackson Conference Center’s Wilderness Room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For years, predators like snow leopards and white-tipped sharks have been disappearing from the top of the food chain, largely as a result of human action. Stolzenburg reveals why and how their absence upsets the delicate balance of the world's environment.

Stolzenburg, a wildlife journalist for 15 years and former science editor of “Nature Conservancy” magazine, has a master’s degree in wildlife from New Mexico State University, where he explored the science of predator control.

As an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, Stolzenburg has also written the book “Rat Island” and produced the award-winning film, “Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators.”

Students from EvCC’s Ocean Research College Academy, an early college academy for high school students, selected “Where the Wild Things Were” for their summer book.

Every year, ORCA students begin the year by discussing a book focused on nature writing.

This text provides the framework for introducing students to the relevant ecosystem science coupled with the writing process, which is part of the interdisciplinary experience at ORCA.

“Stolzenburg’s text does a tremendous job of distilling complex science through readable prose,” said Ardi Kveven, ORCA executive director. We are so excited that the students get to meet the author of their summer read and ask questions.”

The talk will be televised to the satellite programs of WWU’s environmental studies courses in Poulsbo and Port Angeles.

The event is co-sponsored by EvCC Reads, the EvCC Ocean Research Academy, the University Center of North Puget Sound, and Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas.  The event is made possible with funding from the EvCC Foundation.

The Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) is an early college high school academy, one of the first in Washington state. ORCA is the only early college in the nation that uses the local marine environment as the unifying theme to integrate the core academic disciplines.

Funded initially by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ORCA seeks to provide opportunities for all students to engage in active inquiry and in-depth study in a supportive environment.

EvCC is located at 2000 Tower St.

For more information about this event, go to www.everettcc.edu/evccreads or email orca@everettcc.edu.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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