Wade Davis to Close 2019 SHIFT Festival

One of the most electrifying speakers on the public circuit today, Wade Davis, PhD, will keynote the close of The 2019 SHIFT Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at The Center for the Arts. 

Dr. Davis will speak on reciprocity, the concept of interdependent relations between people and the natural world. Tickets for the presentation are $25 and may be purchased here

Labeled “Nature as Medicine: The Business Case,” The 2019 SHIFT Festival is convening industry leaders around the advancement of nature as a social determinant of health—an invaluable addition to the movement to protect the natural world. The Festival will be held Oct. 16-18 in Jackson Hole.

Wade Davis. The writer, filmmaker and public speaker will close The 2019 SHIFT Festival with a presentation on reciprocity—the interdependency of all living things on the planet.

Described by academic and environmental activist David Suzuki as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity,” Davis is an ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker who has produced 22 books, created half a dozen films and television series, and worked around the planet, from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic.

Davis’ books include One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Society.

Davis holds degrees in anthropology, biology and ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6,000 botanical collections. 

His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. 

Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, Davis is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia.

A native of British Columbia, Davis, a licensed river guide, has worked as a park ranger and forestry engineer and conducted ethnographic fieldwork among several indigenous societies of northern Canada.

A professional speaker for over 25 years, Davis has lectured at the American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the World Bank as well as at some 150 universities, including Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford, and at the TED Conference numerous times.

When not in the field, Davis and his wife Gail Percy divide their time between Washington, D.C., Vancouver and the Stikine Valley of northern British Columbia. They have two daughters, Tara 24, and Raina 21.

For more information, visit www.shiftjh.org.

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