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Wade Davis

Friday, Feb. 27

By Scott Renshaw
Posted // February 26,2009 -

“Explorer in Residence”—tell me that’s not one of the coolest titles anyone could put in a résumé. That’s Wade Davis’s designation with the National Geographic Society, and he earned it as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist—his studies of indigenous cultures and their psychoactive pharmacology led to the best-seller The Serpent and the Rainbow, which subsequently became a Wes Craven thriller.

Today, Davis’ studies may not lead to horror films, but his findings could be equally scary. His most recent book, Grand Canyon: A River at Risk, addresses the consequences of the fact that the Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, having been tapped out as the arid West’s major fresh-water supply artery.

This week, join Davis as he talks about what he learned on a rafting trip through the canyon, and how that information may have a long-term impact on our state. (Scott Renshaw)

Wade Davis @ Main Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South, 801-524-8200, Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. SLCPL.org

 
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Posted // February 27,2009 at 09:37 I've never heard Mr. Davis speak, but I've read both The Serpent and the Rainbow, and what I consider his seminal work, One River. The Serpent and the Rainbow is more about the voodoo culture of Haiti then it is about ethnobotany. One River on the other hand, is not only a treatise on the ethnobotany of South America, it's also a great history and exciting adventure tale--not to mention a biography of the pioneering ethnobotanist, Richard Evans Schultes.

 

 
 
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