Two free lectures on environmental and diversity issues are being offered at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The lectures will be held Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 170 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building. Mamie Parker, a retired assistant director of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will speak on “How Deep is Your Love: Careers in Conservation.” She will be followed by nature photographer Dudley Edmondson, who will discuss “Reaching New Audiences: Working with Youth and People of Color in the Outdoors.” The presentations are free and open to the public.
Parker was the first African-American to serve as a regional director and head the nation’s fisheries program. She was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame as the state’s first native to serve as an assistant director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has worked and supervised programs across the United States, including Wisconsin, in national fish hatcheries, national wetlands, coastal mapping, invasive species and national wildlife refuges. She is now president of MA Parker and Associates, a management consultant and public speaking business, and resides in Washington, D.C.
Edmondson, a nature and wildlife photographer, videographer and author, wrote the landmark book, “Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places,” which features Parker. A regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and lectures about diversity outdoors, his work is featured in galleries and nearly 100 publications around the world. He was recently honored by the Seattle YMCA, which established the Dudley Edmonson Fellowship in Youth Development and Education to offer youth of color 15 months of paid study in leadership and life skills. He resides in Duluth, Minn.
The presentations are sponsored by UW-Stevens Point’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences student organization; Student Government Association; Diversity and College Access; College of Natural Resources and College of Fine Arts & Communication, The Wildlife Society and the UW-Extension Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.