Keynote Address by Edward O. Wilson and Alex Harris

Grand Marshall's Ball, Battle House Hotel, Mobile, Alabama, February 12, 2010. Photograph by Alex Harris

Alex Harris and E. O. Wilson will talk about their forthcoming book, Why We Are Here, as the keynote address for the annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Association. Scheduled for release by W. W. Norton by 2012, the book is a history of Mobile, Alabama by Wilson from the time of the earliest Spanish explorers to the recent Gulf oil spill, with images by Harris of contemporary Mobile.

Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Why We Are Here
Keynote address by E. O. Wilson and Alex Harris
Annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Association
Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

Alex Harris, an award-winning photographer and a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is the author and editor of 14 books, including River of Traps, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. His work has been exhibited widely, including two one-man shows at the International Center of Photography in New York, and an exhibition of his photographs of Cuba at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2011. Harris is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke.

E. O. Wilson, an Alabama native and the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, is generally recognized as one of the leading biologists in the world. He is also recognized as one of the foremost naturalists in both science and literature, as well as synthesizer in works stretching from pure biology to the social sciences and humanities. He is the recipient of 40 honorary degrees from North America and Europe, and more than 120 awards from around the world, including in science, the U.S. National Medal of Science; the Crafoord Prize, given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science as the Nobel equivalent in ecology; and the International Prize of Biology, Japan. In letters, he has received two Pulitzer prizes in nonfiction (On Human Nature, 1979; The Ants, 1991), the Serono and Nonino Prizes of Italy, and most recently, the Heartland Prize of the Chicago Tribune for his novel Anthill, which is set in Mobile, Alabama.

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