Emmy Award winner Jeff Corwin, host and executive producer of the Animal Planet show "The Jeff Corwin Experience," will explore the dangers wildlife face as part of his Kennedy Lecture Series event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
Corwin strives to heighten awareness about environmental challenges by sharing his passion in an entertaining and educational fashion. Although his "Tales from the Field with Jeff Corwin" presentation for the campus community does not include live animals, it will illustrate the many obstacles facing our planet and its wildlife today. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
Several students, including biological sciences students enrolled in a class focusing on the animal kingdom, will have an opportunity to interact with Corwin while he's on campus. He also will attend a reception involving students and faculty from various disciplines as well as Cutler, Templeton, Urban and Appalachian scholars.
Corwin has worked for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager. He holds bachelor's degrees in biology and anthropology from Bridgewater State College and a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1999, Bridgewater State College awarded him an honorary doctorate of public education for his work in educating the public on the importance of protecting endangered species.
In addition to serving as the host and executive producer of "The Jeff Corwin Experience" since 2000, he is the executive producer of "Corwin's Quest" and partnered with the Travel Channel for the series "Into Alaska." Corwin added the title of author to his credentials with the 2004 release of the book "Living on the Edge: Relationships in the Natural World."
The Kennedy Lecture Series is made possible by a contribution from the late Edwin L. and Ruth Kennedy to the university's John C. Baker Fund. Established in 1962, the series brings nationally recognized individuals to the campus to lecture and participate in other campus activities. The lecturers and chosen by a committee chaired by a faculty member with representatives from the faculty, staff, community and student body.
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-- Marisa Grill