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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow 2015

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Mouth of the Great River: Step by Step Workshop for Writing Stories of Your Place
Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
Wishing Well, McIntosh Center

Brown Bag Talks

What Counts and Progress? Why Buy Local, Eat Local Matters
Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Dean’s Heritage Room, McIntosh Center

Toward a More Sustainable Campus
Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Dean’s Heritage Room, McIntosh Center

Public Events

Public Reading: A Wild Heart Beats Inside Us
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
Moot Court Room, College of Law


Janisse Ray, non-fiction author and sustainability activist, will be on campus, Feb. 9-13, 2015, speaking with ONU classes, making public presentations and reading of her work as a Council of Independent Colleges' (ICI) Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Ray's visit is being sponsored by the President's Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the Department of English.

About Janisse Ray:

Writer, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray is author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine. She is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. 
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast, was published by Milkweed Editions in 1999.

Ray’s second book, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, about rural community, was published by Milkweed Editions in early 2003. The third, Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land, the story of a 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida, was published by Chelsea Green in 2005. Drifting into Darien, a personal and natural history of the Altamaha River, was released in fall 2011.  Her latest is a nonfiction book on open-pollinated seeds, The Seed Underground (Chelsea Green), published in 2012.

She has been visiting professor at Coastal Carolina University, scholar-in-residence at Florida Gulf Coast University, and writer-in-residence at Keene State College and Green Mountain College. She was the John & Renee Grisham writer-in-residence 2003-04 at the University of Mississippi. 

Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.


ICI's Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows:

The Council of Independent Colleges' (ICI) Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, creative writers, business leaders, environmentalists, former government officials, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. Annually, Fellows visit 50 to 80 different campuses.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of approximately 630 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit