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Lane Family Lecture in Environmental Science


The second Lane Family Lecture of 2021-22 will be presented online by Catherine Coleman Flowers, an environmental and climate justice activist who writes about the disproportionate impacts of inadequate waste and water sanitation infrastructure on rural communities of color in the U.S.

Check back here for further details, including the date, time, and link to join us.

Oct. 21 – David Treuer: “Modern Native America and Environmental Justice”

A best-selling author and expert in Native American life and history, David Treuer presented “Modern Native America and Environmental Justice: Changing the Narrative of Our American Moment” at noon on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Washington State University Vancouver and on YouTube – watch the recorded event.

David Treuer. Photo by Nisreen Breek.
David Treuer. Photo by Nisreen Breek.

Treuer, who is an anthropologist, English professor, and author of more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, will speak and take questions from the audience in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110.

His presentation is the first Lane Family Lecture in Environmental Science sponsored by WSU’s School of the Environment in 2021. While on campus, he will meet with students and faculty in environmental science and other intersecting disciplines.

Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. His literary work employs a combination of historical research, interviews and lived experiences to reconsider Native American history in ways that center resilience, resistance, and ongoing struggles for land sovereignty.

He will discuss themes from his recent articles and acclaimed 2019 book, “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present,” a New York Times Best Seller and National Book Award finalist.

Treuer has received the Pushcart Prize and his work has been named an editor’s pick by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Esquire, and elsewhere.

He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California and divides his time between Los Angeles and the Leech Lake Reservation.

About the Lane Lecture

The Lane Family Lecture in Environmental Science is endowed by a gift from L.W. “Bill” Lane, former publisher of Sunset magazine and numerous books and films, and his wife, Jean. The Lane Family Lecture was inaugurated in 1993.

In addition to the lecture series, the Lanes, along with their son Robert, a 1983 Washington State University graduate, created the Robert Lane Fellowship in Environmental Science. The fellowship supports graduate students studying environmental science at WSU.

“We are strong proponents of public service and hope that the annual lecture and fellowship encourage efforts to find solutions to some of the global problems that confront society,” said Bill Lane.

Bill Lane, a graduate of Stanford University, was the co-chairman of Lane Publishing Co. and publisher of Sunset magazine. He was a U.S. ambassador to Australia and Nauru, and ambassador-at-large to Japan. He also served as chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Centennial of National Parks, and on many other corporate and government committees and education boards.

Jean Lane, a graduate of Northwestern University, was a docent at Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and served on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the Filoli Center in Woodside, Calif.

Lane Lecture cosponsors of 2021 include the WSU College of Arts and Sciences; College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; SoE Graduate Student Association; WSU Vancouver Native American Affairs; Collective for Environmental and Social Justice; WSUV Graduate Student Association; WSUV English Department; and WSU Pullman Common Reading Program. CR credit is available for students.

Gifts to support the Lane Family Lecture or Robert Lane Fellowship can be made securely online or by contacting the CAS development office.

2021-22 Lane Family Lecturers

Oct. 21 – David Treuer
“Modern Native America and Environmental Justice”

Coming in early 2022 – Catherine Coleman Flowers
Environmental and climate justice advocate

Past Presenters

Paul Auerbach, MD
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine | Stanford University School of Medicine
“The Intersection of Climate Change and Human Health”

Sandra Postel
2021 Stockholm Water Prize recipient
Founding Director | Global Water Policy Project
“Water Is the New Oil”

Jane Goodall
Renowned primatologist

While at WSU, Jane Goodall visited our pygmy rabbit conservation team.

Harold A Mooney
Paul S. Achilles Professor in Environmental Biology | Stanford University
“Taking Stock of Nature’s Assets”

David T. Suzuki
Emeritus Professor | University of British Columbia
Activist and science broadcaster
“Ecology vs. Economy…Setting the Real Bottom Line”

Cecil D. Andrus
Former U.S. Secretary of Interior (1977–1981) and Governor of Idaho
“Threatening Clouds Over Our Environment”

Gene E. Likens
Founding Director, President Emeritus | Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Professor Emeritus | University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Acid Rain and the Biogeochemistry of Calcium at Hubbard Brook”

John W. Terborgh
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences | Duke University
“New Horizons in Global Conservation”