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October 25, 2007

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Nov. 13 Lecture Explores the Emptiest Continent, Antarctica

WHO: William L. Fox, California State University, Dominguez Hills visiting distinguished scholar

WHAT: Public lecture on his book, “Terra Antarctica”

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: CSU Dominguez Hills Loker Student Union

A poet, author, explorer, cultural geographer and scholar, William L. Fox is a true Renaissance man who integrates literary and scientific interests into his works. Much of his poetry and nonfiction writing stem from his travels to far-off places, the result being an examination of humankind’s relationship with nature, particularly vast desert spaces, and our need to understand and define it. In his 2005 book, “Terra Antarctica,” Fox traces human’s visual history of the southernmost point on Earth and recounts his own experiences there to explore the notion of cognitive landscape.

His lecture on “Terra Antarctic” includes not only a discussion of his experiences and observations, but also a slideshow.

Fox is on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills this semester as the university’s first visiting distinguished scholar. Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology, met Fox in 2002 when both were scholars at the Getty Research Institute. Impressed by Fox’s scholarship and his rapport with students, Moore thought Fox would be a perfect candidate for the new Visiting Distinguished Scholars Program.

“ Bill accompanied my students and me on a study trip to Baja California where we looked at prehistoric rock art and discussed landscape and culture,” recalls Moore. “His interaction with CSUDH undergraduates was simply tremendous, and it was one of the most exciting intellectual exchanges I had ever been involved in.”

According to Moore, Fox is working on a variety of writing projects during his semester-long residence at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Among them is an upcoming book, “Climbing Mt. Limbo,” a collection of essays that includes a piece on the trip to Baja California with Moore and his students. He is also working on a book about viewing the Los Angeles Basin from the air. For the past couple of weeks Fox has been in Chile’s Atacama Desert working with American and Chilean students on a land arts project and in Melbourne, Australia, working with graduate students on their proposals.

“The Visiting Distinguished Scholar Program should be supported and should become a cornerstone of our university's renaissance,” says Moore. “Our students and faculty benefit enormously from the Visiting Distinguished Scholar Program with the opportunity to learn about ideas and issues that we might not otherwise encounter. Our students are exposed to worlds of scholarship that they have never thought about.”

The Loker Student Union on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located off Victoria Street near Tamcliff Street in the city of Carson. Parking permits for the metered lots on campus are $3 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines on the perimeter of each lot.

For more information, contact Jerry Moore at (310) 243-3845.

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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.

 

 

 



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