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Animal Planet Star Jeff Corwin to Speak at Clarke, Oct. 5

By Clarke News  |  July 8, 2008

Clarke College is pleased to announce that this year’s 11th Annual Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series will feature “Tales from the Field with Jeff Corwin” on Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus. The lecture will be held in conjunction with the College’s Homecoming festivities. More information about ticket sales for the lecture will be available in the coming weeks.

Emmy winner Jeff Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager. Animal Planet audiences best know Corwin as host of “The Jeff Corwin Experience,” one of the most popular shows on cable television. The series reaches over 13 million viewers in the United States, and is viewed in more than 70 countries worldwide. Recently, Corwin hosted a series of CNN specials with Anderson Cooper, “Planet in Peril,” and continues to make appearances on CNN to discuss the problems facing our environment today.

Corwin also stars in “Corwin’s Quest,” in which Corwin explores several themes or sensory qualities of animal behavior, including sound, smell, diet, defense, attack, and survival. His first book, “Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World” is now available in paperback and his newest television show, “Into the West,” will explore the American West and its wildlife.

When not in the field, Corwin lectures on wildlife, ecology, and conservation to audiences across the United States. Now an expert in rainforest animals, Corwin was first introduced to the tropical rain forests in 1984, while on an expedition to Belize. The experience fueled his interest in the study and conservation of these ecological marvels. In 1993, Corwin addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding the need to conserve neotropical rain forests. By 1994, he had served as expedition naturalist for “The Jason Project,” the acclaimed documentary series produced by National Geographic and EDS under the direction of Robert Ballard.

Corwin has bachelor of science degrees in biology and anthropology from Bridgewater State College, and a master of science degree in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the College of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1999, Bridgewater State College honored him with a doctorate in public education for his work in communicating about the need for a sustainable approach to using natural resources and the importance of conserving endangered species. Corwin firmly believes that through education and awareness, the natural resources, wildlife, and ecosystems that make up our planet will be conserved for future generations.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.