Wabash College will host Alan Weisman tonight in Salter Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
Weisman is a senior editor and producer for Homelands Productions. He has reported from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Antarctica, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle and Far East. He is also the Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona, where he leads an annual field program in international journalism.
His radio pieces have been heard on NPR, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Audubon, Mother Jones, Discover, Condé Nast Traveler, Resurgence, and in several anthologies (including The Best American Science Writing 2006).
Weisman’s fifth book, The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2007), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of An Echo In My Blood (Harcourt, 1999); Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World (Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998); La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986); and We, Immortals (Pocket Books, 1979).
Weisman has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Colombia, writer-in-residence at the Altos de Chavón Escuela de Arte y Diseño in the Dominican Republic, John Farrar Fellow in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Among his radio awards shared with his Homelands colleagues are a Robert F. Kennedy Citation, the Harry Chapin/World Hunger Year award, and Brazil’s Prèmio Nacional de Jornalismo Radiofônico. He has also received a Four Corners Award for Best Nonfiction Book; a Los Angeles Press Club Award for Best Feature Story; and a Best of the West Award in Journalism. His book, Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, won the 1998 Social Inventions Award from the London-based Global Ideas Bank.
Weisman’s talk is free and open to the public.