Barry Lopez to Speak at 2014 SHIFT Festival

Barry Lopez, March 24, 2003Barry Lopez—“arguably the nation’s premier nature writer,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle—will speak at the 2014 SHIFT Festival at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Sunday, October 12.

His address will coincide with the Jackson Hole Wilderness Rendezvous, the local celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. It will also close the SHIFT Festival, Jackson Hole’s fall conservation event.

“It’s appropriate that Mr. Lopez will deliver the Festival’s closing remarks,” said Christian Beckwith, SHIFT’s Director. “His unique perspective—part philosopher, part anthropologist—allows him to convey his observations with both insight and precision.”

“Given the challenges facing our communities, we need both to chart a smart course forward.”

Mr. Lopez is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals, and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance.

In his nonfiction, Mr. Lopez writes often about the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture—the topic of his address at SHIFT.

The event is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Sunday, Oct. 12, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Tickets ($25) may be purchased here.

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