Peter Essick, who has photographed 40 stories for National Geographic magazine.BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (2/7/14) – Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting will mark the 10th anniversary of the John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series with guest lecturer
The free event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) auditorium on WKU’s campus.
Essick will offer a perspective on the importance of environmental journalism as well as background details on the images he has taken while on assignment for National Geographic magazine, said Loup Langton, director of the School.
In addition to the lecture, two of Essick’s photography exhibits are now on display in MMTH and will be available through Friday, March 21.
“Our Beautiful, Fragile World,” the images to be included in his February lecture, is located in the MMTH atrium. The exhibit documents contemporary environmental issues, such as climate change and nuclear waste. “Ansel Adams Wilderness,” located in the MMTH gallery, is Essick’s tribute to Ansel Adams and the craggy Sierra Nevada wilderness named in Adams’ honor.
Photojournalist Peter Essick to Visit WKU Campus Thursday, Feb. 27
“Through the generous gift of the John B. Gaines family, WKU has benefitted from a decade of excep-tional guest lecturers who have shared their numerous professional experiences with our students,” said David Lee, dean of WKU’s Potter College of Arts and Letters. “Peter Essick and his contributions to environmental journalism will certainly continue that strong tradition.”
Recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography, Essick has photographed natural areas from around the world, portraying both the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land through his photographs.
“Having known Peter for almost 30 years, I’m certain that his presentation on visually documenting a host of global environmental developments will fascinate and stimulate thinking among students, faculty and guests.” said Langton. “These are issues important to all of us.”
During the past 25 years, Essick’s contributions to National Geographic magazine have focused on a variety of environmental issues, including inner Japan, the American wilderness, the carbon cycle, global warming, and global freshwater. Recent stories include a June 2010 cover story on Greenland, “The Ansel Adams Wilderness” in October 2011, and “Fertilizing the World” in May 2013.
About the John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series
The John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series, launched in 2004 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gaines’ family-owned newspaper, the Daily News, has brought several award-winning international journalists to WKU.
Previous lecture participants include Washington Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News Todd Gillman; investigative freelance journalist Lucy Komisar; newspaper journalism icon John Seigenthaler; Emmy award-winning photojournalist Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News; Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald; New Orleans Times-Picayune staff writer Mark Schleifstein; and Chicago Tribune photojournalist and official White House photographer Pete Souza.For more information on the John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series, contact the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting at (270) 745-4144.
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