11/9/00

Noted Regional Scholar to Speak at UTC Monday Night

Dr. Donald E. Davis, a resident of northwest Georgia and Professor at Dalton State College, will speak at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Monday night. Davis will give an overview of his latest book: "Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians".

It is a little known fact that the Southern Appalachian Region is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions outside of the tropics. In addition to having a rich natural heritage, the Southern Appalachians have a unique cultural heritage as well.

Davis will speak at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 13th in the Signal Mountain Room of the University Center on Vine St. This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by the UTC Department of Biology and Environmental Science and the Sequatchie Valley Institute.

A native of north Georgia, Donald Edward Davis, Ph.D., holds master's degrees in both Social Ecology and Psychology. He is the author of "Ecophilosophy: A Field Guide to the Literature" (R&E Miles 1989) and has published numerous articles in journals such as Environmental Ethics, The Ecologist, The Trumpeter, and the Utne Reader.

Davis has, in addition, been a research assistant and consultant to the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC, collaborating there with Jeremy Rifkin on the book "Biosphere Politics: A New Consciousness for the 21st Century." He has also served as the Coordinating Director of the Jacques Ellul Society and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. His most recent books are "Where there Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians" (UGA Press 2000) and the forthcoming "The Land of Ridge and Valley: A Photographic History of the Northwest Georgia Mountains" (Arcadia 2001).

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