Curing “Nature-Deficit Disorder”
Location: Decker Theater
CHESTERTOWN, MD—On Wednesday, March 19, bestselling author Richard Louv comes to Washington College to offer his vision for “The Nature-Rich Life.” In his lecture, the author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle will discuss human restoration through immersion in nature. The event begins at 6 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Richard Louv is an internationally renowned advocate for reconnecting people to the natural environment. His 2012 book, The Nature Principle, continues the work started by Last Child in the Woods to cure “nature-deficit disorder” in children and adults through immersion in a natural environment. A reviewer for the San Diego Union Tribune wrote that Louv “is onto something important here, something lasting, and by the time you turn the final page, you’ll not only understand why you should make or deepen your own connections to nature, you’ll know how … His book is a stirring argument for not waiting a moment longer.”
Louv’s work has earned international attention, helped inspire campaigns in more than 80 cities and influenced national policy. He was the 2008 recipient of the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society.
Louv has written a total of eight books about the relationships between nature and the community. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and various other publications. He has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and many other national TV programs.
Louv’s visit is made possible through the William James Forum, Gibson-Wagner Psychology Fund, Richard Holstein ’68 Ethics Program, and the Center for Environment & Society.
— Kimberly Uslin ’14