Class Portrait – Current Readings in Natural History


For the past five years, I have worked with Prof. Kurt Caswell and the students in his Spring Semester class. I teach them how to conduct research in a special collections library, select boxes of manuscript material from the Sowell Collection that will show them the wide range of materials we have from each writer–from photographs to drafts of major books to correspondence–and present short biographical talks on the writers, I focus each semester primarily on writers who will be presenting at the Sowell Collection Conference held near the end of the semester. This year the writers were Susan Brind Morrow and Gary Paul Nabhan. The students also read the work of Barry Lopez, and when he is on campus, he visits their class.  This photo shows some of the students from the class, visitor Barry Lopez, and Prof. Kurt Caswell.  Usually Barry attends the Conference, he has always been a special guest and participant, but this year his schedule did not permit him to be with us.  Nevertheless, he visited with the students earlier in April, speaking to them about the joys, trials, and responsibilities of being a writer.

Pictured: Kathryn May, Barry Lopez, Kurt Caswell; Garrett Dewbre, Emma Foster, Hunter Bullock


About Diane Warner

I'm the Librarian for the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World at Texas Tech University. That means I do all sorts of things, from arranging manuscripts to writing news releases or curating exhibits for our new collections.
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