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Photojournalist to present on Arctic wildlife refuge, Oct. 20

Photographer and conservationist Subhankar Banerjee will give a slide lecture on his work in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall (note change in location from 16 Robertson).

The slide lecture is based on his 2003 book, "Seasons of Life and Land," which gained notice across the country when a U.S. senator held it up during a debate on whether to allow drilling in the refuge. The book contains 200 images depicting the area's fragile beauty and ecological diversity, as well as essays by several authors and a foreword by President Jimmy Carter.

In 2000, Banerjee quit his scientific career and a job at Boeing in Seattle, cashed in his savings and set off to document the land, wildlife and indigenous cultures in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With his Inupiat guide and friend, Robert Thompson, Banerjee covered more than 4,000 miles, traveling on foot and by kayak, raft, snowmobile and plane.

Banerjee's images also were used to make eight traveling exhibits, one of which will be on display in Robertson Hall's Bernstein Gallery through Nov. 20.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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