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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

(904) 620-2102


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.


DeBlieu 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.


She 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.


Most 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.

For more information, contact Amy Moore, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830.