Jonathan Meiburg, a 1997 graduate of the University of the South and the lead singer of the band Shearwater, discusses his new book, which traces the social and ecological history of the caracaras, a South American bird of prey.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Jonathan Meiburg, C’97, will have a conversation with Prof. David Haskell about Meiburg's new book, A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey. After graduating with a major in English and a minor in Religious Studies, Meiburg traveled to the Falkland Islands on a Watson Fellowship, where he first encountered the caracara. Since then, he has earned an MA in geography and written and performed music with several bands, including Shearwater and Loma. This book, in progress for several years, draws together the humanities, the arts, and the sciences in a way that will appeal to Sewanee students from a wide range of academic disciplines. Through a focus on a particular species, it raises questions about what evolution means and about our role as human beings in a changing climate. As Anna Morris writes for NPR, "Meiburg's voice is poetic; where other nature writers are known for the images they paint of landscapes, here are presented impressions, concepts as complex as species' movements over geologic time, in a way that is at once clear and beautiful.” Publisher’s Weekly calls the book an “enthralling debut” that lifts Meiburg “to the top ranks of science writers."
This event is co-sponsored by the departments of Biology, English, and Music; Environmental Arts and Humanities; the Sewanee Integrated Program in the Environment; and the University Lectures Committee, and will take place on Zoom at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, September 14. All are welcome.