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'National Geographic' explorer lectures about his journeys

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2005) -- Wade Davis, an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, will lecture about his travels on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of the Kennedy Lecture Series.

Davis earned degrees in anthropology and biology, as well as a Ph.D. in ethnobotany, at Harvard University. His work as a photographer and writer led him to spend three years in the Amazon and the Andes as a plant explorer. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies in the vodoun religion.

Davis has done other research on the global diversity crisis, Amazonian myth and religion, the traditional use of psychotropic drugs and the ethnobotany of South American Indians. He has traveled far from his native British Columbia to all corners of the earth including East Africa, Peru, Borneo, Tibet, the Artic, Venezuela and Mali.

National Geographic and many other publications have carried his photographs and writings. Davis is also the author of several books including the international best seller, "The Serpent and the Rainbow," which was translated into ten languages and adapted by Universal Studios as a motion picture in 1988. His photographs and research have inspired numerous documentary films, as well as three episodes of the television series, "The X-Files."

Davis' lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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