Chestertown, MD, March 14, 2002 — The "Journeys Home" Eastern Shore Lecture Series welcomes author and environmental advocate Tony Hiss on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, speaking on "The Experience of Place." The talk will be held at the Historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be facilitated by Robert B. Anderson of Sustainable Strategies, Centre Hall, PA, advisor in strategic services regarding food and agriculture marketing. Tickets are $10 per individual, half-priced for students.
Hiss also will present the lecture, "Landscapes that Work: Beyond the Experience of Place," at Washington College on Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m in the College's Norman James Theatre. The lecture is sponsored by the College's Center for the Environment and Society and C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The presentation will explore the value that we place on the natural world and give new insights into how those values translate into vibrant, safe and environmentally sound communities.
Hiss became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1963, and since 1994 has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University, first at the Taub Urban Research Center, and now at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Building Images: 70 Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing and The View from Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir.
His other books include the award-winning The Experience of Place, a work generally credited with originating the concept, "sense of place." He also authored (with Robert D. Yaro) A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area (with Robert D. Yaro), which received front-page coverage from The New York Times in 1996. His forthcoming book, From Place to Place, about solving America's transportation and sprawl problems, has received underwriting grants from four foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hiss wrote the vision statement for Amtrak's new Great American Station Foundation, launched in December 1996. He also wrote the report that, at the beginning of the 1990s, launched New York State's 100-mile-long Hudson River Valley Greenway initiative, and was part of the 1997-1998 Metropolitan Initiative Project, sponsored by the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Hiss consults frequently on changing regional growth patterns and on imaging the future through alternate development scenes, threats mapping, ecostructure mapping, and environmental simulation. Hiss lives in New York City with his wife, novelist Lois Metzger, and their 10-year-old son, Jacob.
"Journeys Home" is co-sponsored by the Washington College Center for the Environment and Society, the Adkins Arboretum, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the Wildfowl Trust of North America and the Maryland Center for Agroecology. Information and tickets can be obtained by contacting Andrew Stein, Center for the Environment and Society, Washington College, 410-810-7151; or Ellie Altman, Executive Director, Adkins Arboretum, 410-634-2847.