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Idea of Nature Lecture Series: ‘Our Wild Neighbors’ March 28

The Idea of Nature Public Webinar Series presents “Our Wild Neighbors” with Margaret Renkl, author, backyard naturalist, and contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, via Zoom.

Renkl’s writing includes the books “Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss” and “Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South” as well as appearances in Guernica, Literary Hub, Oxford American, River Teeth and The Sewanee Review, among others. She graduated from Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, and lives in Nashville.

In “Late Migrations,” she traces a portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver. Her brother Billy Renkl illustrated the book.

“Graceland, At Last,” brings together 60 of Renkl’s New York Times columns. In a mix of personal and reported essays, Renkl highlights other voices of the South, people who fight for a better future for the region. Her columns appear in New York Times each Monday morning.

All Spring 2023 lectures will be presented for free to the public via Zoom webinar and include a question and answer session. Register for “Our Wild Neighbors” or email for the webinar link.

The Idea of Nature lecture series promotes interdisciplinary inquiry about the environment and fosters dialogue across the campus and community. Email to be added to The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series email list.