Press Release for Friday, October 9, 2009
Coastkeeper-Author Lectures on Saving the Outer Banks
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Jan DeBlieu, author and North
Carolina Coastkeeper, will discuss “Sleeping with the Enemy: How Liberals and
Conservatives Joined Forces to Save the Outer Banks” at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 15, at the University
Center on campus.
began her writing career as a newspaper reporter, working first for The News
Journalpapers in her hometown of Wilmington, Del. and then
moving to Oregon,
where she worked for the Eugene Register-Guard. While there, she developed an
abiding fascination with peoples’ ties to their landscapes. After living and
writing for brief periods in Boston and Atlanta, she moved to the
North Carolina Outer Banks and found home.
is the author of four books, including her first book, “Hatteras Journal,” a regional classic, “Meant to Be Wild,” selected as one of the best science books of
the year by Library Journal, as
well as “Wind,” which won the John Burroughs Medal for
Distinguished Natural History Writing, the highest national award given for a
volume of nature writing, and “Year of
the Comets: A Journey from Sadness to the Stars,” receiving national
acclaim and excerpted in The Washington Post.
of DeBlieu’s work explores the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes
where we live and work. She has contributed to many national publications,
including The New York Times Magazine,
Newsweek, Audubonand Orion.
This event, which is free and open
to the public, is sponsored by The Brotman Family Lecture Series and the UNF
Coastal Biology Flagship Program.
more information, contact Amy Moore, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904)