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John Hildebrand to Present First Lectures of New
Elizabeth Morris Library Outreach Program

 MAILED:  Oct. 7, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — John Hildebrand, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor of English, will present "Writing the American Landscape: The Cultivated and the Wild" as the first speaker for the Elizabeth Morris Library Outreach Program on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Both lectures will be at 7 p.m. in the library's Eau Claire Room. No registration is required to attend the lectures, which are free and open to the public.

Hildebrand's Oct. 12 presentation, "The Cultivated," will examine the American agricultural landscape in light of novelists like Willa Cather, painters like Grant Wood and Hildebrand’s own book about a Minnesota farm family, " Mapping the Farm."

In his Nov. 9 presentation, "The Wild," using photographs and his own recent article in Harper’s Magazine, Hildebrand will focus on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as the centerpiece in a continuing debate over the place of wilderness in America.

Hildebrand has been on the UW-Eau Claire English faculty since 1977. He is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, the BANTA Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, and UW-Eau Claire's Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. He is the author of two books, "Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family" (Knopf, 1995) and "Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon" (Houghton Mifflin, 1988). His work has been anthologized in "Best American Sports Writing 1999," "American Nature Writing 1997," "The Great Land: Reflections on Alaska" and "The River Reader." His articles and essays have appeared in Harper's, Audubon, Manoa, Outside, and The Missouri Review.

The Elizabeth Morris Library Outreach Program is sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation through the Elizabeth G. Morris Fund. The fund was created in 1999 by John Morris, a longtime UW-Eau Claire English faculty member and administrator, in memory of his wife. Elizabeth Morris, also a longtime English faculty member, died in 1999. John Morris died in October 2003.



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