Award-winning author discusses challenges of living an urban life

by University Communications,

Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Egan will give a free lecture April 17 as part of the Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center Environmental Lecture Series.

The lecture, “The Urban Wild Miracle: Living With the Geography of Hope Just Outside the City Door,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Hudson Concert Hall of the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Egan says the audience can expect a lively and far-ranging discussion of the challenges of living an urban life while still being inspired by nature.

“It's a story about how we live, so close to nature but yet so removed, and why our lives in this part of the West are so unique,” he says.

“This is unfolding day-by-day, year-by-year, with very little fanfare — and yet it affects all of us.”

Egan worked for 18 years as a writer for The New York Times, and in 2001 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his contributions to the Times’ series, “How Race is Lived in America.” His book, “The Worst Hard Time,” was a New York Times bestseller and won the National Book Award in 2006.

In 2009, Willamette University named Egan an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center (FSELC) and Willamette University’s Center for Sustainable Communities.

FSELC provides a lab, classroom and meeting space for local organizations. Throughout the year, the Straub Center offers student and adult programs designed to heighten concern and respect for Oregon’s environment.

For more information, contact FSELC at 503-391-4145.