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Writing Beyond Words: Perspectives on Earth and Humanity with Carl Safina

February 20 * 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Drawing on his latest book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, Safina’s public lecture will explore the scientific, moral and social dimensions of our relationship with nature. At a time when words often fall flat, Safina looks to the natural world — and its inhabitants — to tell tell the story of 21st-century issues that affect all living things, including habitat conservation and extinction.

This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP via the link below to reserve your seat.


Writing Workshop: Safina will conduct a one-credit hour, three-day writing workshop Feb. 19 -21 from 5:00 – 8:00pm (with Feb. 20 including the public lecture). Undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines are welcome to register for this opportunity to hone their writing skills with an award-winning author. On WIN, it is listed for undergraduates as ENV301C and graduates as REL701AG.

Safina’s visit is sponsored by the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES); the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence; the Writing Program; the Environmental Program; the Divinity School, the Office of Sustainability; and the Biology Department. 

About Carl Safina: 

Carl Safina is an award-winning writer, conservationist and marine ecologist.  His writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “Genius” prize and numerous book awards.

After earning his PhD in ecology from Rutgers University,  Safina spent a decade working to ban high-seas drift nets and overhaul U.S. fishing policy. He has developed his expertise as a leading science communicator and is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University (where he formerly co-chaired the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science). Safina is also the founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina, about the “unsung heroes” who are helping to restore marine life. His TED Talk, “What are animals thinking and feeling?” has over two million views.

Safina’s written corpus digs deep into the power of the earth and its inhabitants, with a particular focus on the human relationship with the natural world. His work appears in The New York Times, TIME, Audubon, and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and elsewhere. His book, Song for the Blue Ocean,  Safina’s latest book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, takes readers into animals’ lives and minds, reporting on surprising similarities while thoughtfully tackling issues that affect all living things, including habitat conservation and extinction.


Kulynuych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC United States