Dr. Wade Davis, a Montclair Kimberley Academy National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence will speak about “Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World,” on Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

The explorer has been described as a “rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His recent work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, from the Arctic to Africa, from Australia to Mongolia, from Polynesia to New Guinea, living for extended periods among indigenous communities, learning and recording their complex rituals and customs, and their uses of plants as food, medicine and psychotropic agents.

Davis is the author of 14 books, including the Haitian Voodoo thriller The Serpent and the Rainbow which was made into a feature film, directed by Wes Craven. Additional film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel.

Other credentials include being one of 20 Honorary Members of the Explorer’s Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Member and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the RCGS for his contributions to the fields of anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club. In fall 2011 Knopf will publish his latest book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest.

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m
The Montclair Kimberley Academy Middle School Auditorium
201 Valley Road, Montclair, (please enter via the Brunswick Road parking lot).
For more information, contact (973) 509-7997.

3 replies on “National Geographic Explorer to Speak at MKA, 3/3”

  1. This should be fascinating. Last time I went to one of these was to hear Ed Viesturs talk about the disaster on Everest a few years ago. This guy sounds like the real deal. But, come to think of it, probably holds no allure for our urbanista arm chair adventurers, or those that break out in hives when they witness the quality of private education.

  2. Cool! I’d like to hear this man speak. (Was that a crack at me, deadeye, re: private education? Talk about coming on strong.)

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