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“Magdalena: River of Dreams” featuring Anthropologist Author Explorer Wade Davis, PhD MED’87

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

If you missed our webinar featuring Wade Davis, you can watch it here.

The San Diego Chapter was pleased to present Wade Davis PhD MED'87 on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. The presentation was hosted by the San Diego Chapter's Chair, Char Glacy MN'09 and facilitated by David Dolan MED'03, Vice Chair for Programs for the SD Chapter.

Wade Davis’ inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena: River of Dreams, braids together memoir, history, and journalism to form both a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of Colombia’s most magnificent river and the epic story of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace.

Wade Davis images (above), portrait by Tyler Mallory

An Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Wade was named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, and Polynesia to the Arctic. An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Wade holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his PhD in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6000 botanical collections.

Wade is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia.

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