|Author Alex Shoumatoff, right, will speak at the third annual Leon Levy Environmental Symposium, Sunday, March 6, in Bedford Village. He is shown here with a Siberian berry picker he met while researching a story for Vanity Fair magazine.|
The event happens Sunday, March 6th, at 3pm, at the Bedford Village Historical Hall. Admission is free and the symposium is followed by an informal reception.
Shoumatoff is one of the most far-flung of environmental and travel writers. He writes for Vanity Fair, is a former New Yorker staff writer, has authored 10 books, and his website Dispatches From a Vanishing World, dedicated to raising consciousness about disappearing species and cultures, is visited by readers from over 90 countries every month.
A graduate of Rippowam-Cisqua School (and later of Harvard University), Shoumatoff credits his youth in Bedford as the primary force in making him a committed, passionate conservationist.
As a young man, he was curator of the Marsh Sanctuary in Mount Kisco and taught natural history at Rippowam-Cisqua, having inherited a love of the outdoors from his father and brother. Nicholas Shoumatoff Sr. was president of Westmoreland Sanctuary and Bedford Audubon; Nicholas Jr. was curator of the Trailside Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
Appropriately, his talk is “Westchester, Bedford and the Making of a Conservationist,” and will focus on how his youth here led to his career as a writer and activist on environmental issues.
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