SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Environmental Studies Speaker Series will present a lecture by Canadian conservation author Jeff Gailus at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. Gailus will read from his book “The Grizzly Manifesto” and discuss the future of grizzly bears in the United States and Canada.
Sid Marty, a recent recipient of the prestigious Grant MacEwan Literary Arts Award and one of Canada’s most celebrated environmental writers, called “The Grizzly Manifesto” an important book. “If you care about wild bears and wild lands, read this book,” Marty noted. The book was among five finalists for the 2010 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.
The free event, which is open to the public, is titled, “A Grizzly Tale of Two Countries: Grizzly Bear Management and Recovery across the Medicine Line.” Grizzly bears are a conservation priority and potent symbol of wilderness in the North American West.
Gailus has developed an unparalleled knowledge of grizzlies from following them from Yellowstone National Park through the Canadian Rockies to the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (pronounced musk-quah-ke-chee-kah). Gailus has spent hundreds of hours researching grizzlies and guiding people through their habitat. The Muskwa-Kechika is a nearly 25,000-square-miles wilderness – approximately the size of Ireland – in Northern British Columbia considered globally significant for its real-world application of the principles of conservation biology in resource management.
Gailus has won many awards in the United States and Canada for his writing. One of his feature stories in 1998 earned third place in the national Story of the Year competition sponsored by Associated Collegiate Press. The Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts both have awarded grants to Gailus. He also received a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship, awarded each year to support “future conservation leaders.”
Gailus has taught writing at both the University of Oregon and the University of Montana, where he completed a master’s degree in environmental studies. Gailus, who lives in Missoula, Mont., also teaches university field courses for the Wild Rockies Field Institute and Wildlands Studies. He is finishing his next book, “Little Black Lies: The Global War on Truth in the Battle for the Tar Sands,” is to be published by Rocky Mountain Books in fall 2012. A related piece Gallus published Thursday, Feb. 2 on Fast Forward Weekly titled “The Most Dangerous Game” can be read online.
For more information about this event, please contact Gonzaga environmental studies Lecturer Gregory Gordon in his office at (509) 313-5725 or his cell phone at (406) 396-4940 or via email. For more information about the author and his work, visit Gailus’ blog.