SUNY Oneonta News

June 3, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The SUNY College at Oneonta will present “Sharp Eyes VI,” its biennial event in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar series, from Monday, June 7, through Thursday, June 10. Entitled “Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century,” the 2010 conference will include a film and readings that are free and open to the public.

On Monday at 7 p.m., the film “Ora E. Anderson: The Soul of the Woods” will be shown in the Red Dragon Theater of the Hunt College Union. Professor Rebecca Phillips of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will introduce the documentary about an Ohio farmer’s 50-year effort to nurture the return of Ohio’s forests.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center, a reading and reception will feature Patrick Lawler of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who will read from his work “Finding the Depth of Loon Lake: Electrical the Embryo.” The evening will also feature a poetry reading by the Slabsides Poets: Will Nixon, Rich Parisio, Victoria Sullivan, Frank Boyer, and Bertha Rogers, the founder of Bright Hill Press in Treadwell.

Admission is complimentary to the film and the reading, and members of the community are invited to attend.

The conference will feature presentations by noted scholars and environmentalists, addresses, and field trips to regional sites related to environmental writing.

The opening keynote address will be presented by Dr. Julianne Lutz Warren of New York University, who is an ecologist and author of “Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey.” The closing keynote address will be presented by Dr. John Elder of Middlebury College, who is the author of “Reading the Mountains of Home,” “Frog Run,” and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa.”

More information about the conference is available at or from the conference director, Dr. Daniel Payne of the SUNY Oneonta English Department, at



For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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