All lectures will be held at the Carole Ray Dowling Center on the USC-L campus and will begin at 7:00 p.m. All KVLT Speaker Series lectures are free and the public is invited and welcome. Also all lectures are co-sponsored by USC-Lancaster.
March 23: The Katawba Valley Land Trust’s Speaker Series will begin on Thursday, March 23 with famed South Carolina naturalist Rudy Mancke. Rudy was the co-host from 1978 to 2002 of the acclaimed SCETV Series, NatureScene, which is still being aired on public television. He left SCETV in 2008 and became a professor in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of South Carolina. He retired in 2008 but remains on the faculty as an adjunct professor. Rudy will share his thoughts on the importance of conservation and our role in protecting the natural world
June 8: Our speaker will be Dr. Mark Cheathem. Dr. Cheathem is Professor of History at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee and he is the author of several books on Andrew Jackson. He will discuss his latest book, Andrew Jackson, Southerner.
August 24: Our speaker will be Patrick McMillan. Patrick is the host, co-creator and writer for the popular and Emmy-Award winning SCETV nature program, Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. He is also the Hillard Professor of Environmental Sustainability in the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Clemson University and he is also the Director of the SC Botanical Garden at Clemson. He has worked as a naturalist, biologist and educator for over 25 years. Patrick’s topic will be “ Personal Space: The Importance of Private Lands to Conservation and Our Identity”.
October 13: Our last speaker for 2017 will be Josh Arrants. Josh is one of South Carolina’s most knowledgeable as well as entertaining naturalists and he is also an expert ornithologist. Josh has worked with birds throughout South Carolina, specializing in the management of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker as well as songbirds and birds of prey. He is currently working with the Haile Gold Mine as the Director of the Avian/Wildlife Monitoring, Reporting and Response Project. Josh will share his thoughts, based on his 16 years of experience, how military installations, national wildlife refuges and even industry host, account for and manage for birds.