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Pulitzer Prize Finalist David George Haskell: “Sounds Wild + Broken: Learning from the Beginning of Sound”

Sonic communication was a late-comer to the evolution of life on Earth. But once “song” got started, the links that it forged became powerful generative forces. Today, the diverse sounds around us – from chirping crickets, to birdsong, to the human music in our earbuds – reveal many layers of evolutionary and cultural creativity. In this lecture, Haskell will discuss how attention to the sonic richness of the world can guide exploration, ethics, and action.

This talk will be held in a hybrid format. While we encourage you to join us in person in Hodges Library's Lindsay Young Auditorium, we'll also offer a livestream for those unable to attend in person. The lecture is free and open to the public. Public parking is available in the Volunteer Hall parking garage for our off-campus visitors. Everyone is welcome!

This event is part of One Health + Humanities Days, a three-day series of events showcasing the Critical role that arts and humanities play in understanding and exploring sustainability and global wellbeing, including human, animal, plan, and environmental health. Events will take place October 25-27, 2023, on and around the UT Knoxville campus.

About the Speaker:

David Haskell is a writer and a biologist. His latest book, Sounds Wild and Broken, was finalist for the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and “Editors’ Choice” at The New York Times Book Review. His previous books, The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees, are acclaimed for their integration of science, poetry, and attention to the living world. Their honors include the National Academies’ Best Book Award, John Burroughs Medal, Pulitzer Prize finalist rankings, the Iris Book Award, the Reed Environmental Writing Award, and the National Outdoor Book Award. Haskell received his BA at The University of Oxford and PhD at Cornell University. He is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and a Guggenheim Fellow. Find him at 

Dial-In Information

Register for the Zoom livestream link here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

John C Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium (rm. 101)
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN