Making additions to my summer reading list, preparing for a visit to Midland, this fall, by some guy who's gotta be a friend of Eric's.
Dr. Edward O. Wilson - researcher, naturalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author - is coming to Midland in September ... and - like Eric, proprietor of the Fire Ant Gazette - does he have a thing for ants!
Actually, it's for all life on Earth ... but especially ants. I've read some of his work ... but I've been learning more lately as part of my work at Midland College. Wilson is a legendary biologist and widely considered the father of the modern environmental movement. Named one of America's 25 Most Influential People by TIME magazine, and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he has made a giant contribution to our understanding of the rich spectrum of Earth's biodiversity. In his lectures, he makes a persuasive, eloquent plea to government, corporate and religious leaders to address the damage we have done to our planet before it's too late.
We'll get a chance to hear for ourselves on September 17, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Midland College's Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, when Wilson will present "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth" as part of MC's Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series.