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College to host environmental writer, filmmaker Bill Belleville

A canoe rests on the shoreline of the Wekiva River near Nova Spring. Photograph by Bill Belleville.

Seminole State College of Florida’s Biology Department will host a talk on Florida’s ecology by environmental writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville on April 11.

The Sanford-based author has written seven nonfiction books and more than 1,000 articles and essays for a wide array of publications. He also has traveled the world on nature-based assignments for the Discovery Channel, the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio. Leading up to Belleville’s presentation, the Biology Department hosted book club meetings to discuss his 2006 book, “Losing it All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape.”

Belleville’s presentation, titled “Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place,” will explore the diverse landscape of natural Florida, celebrating the flora and fauna found around the state. Belleville uses colorful, evocative photographs of culturally and historically significant scenes to show how writers and artists have been inspired through the ages by Florida’s environment.

The presentation will take place on Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus in room G-118 at 12:30 p.m. Following his presentation, Belleville will participate in a book-signing in the building G lobby, where he will be joined by nature photographer Abbe Arenson. Arenson’s photography is on display through April in Seminole State's Library, and she will sign and sell prints of her work.

The event is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the Florida department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Co-sponsors include Read to Succeed, Seminole State’s Quality Enhancement Plan; the Seminole State Library; and the Office of Student Life.

Belleville’s presentation is the third and final event of Seminole State’s 2014 Biology Colloquium. Sponsored by the Biology Department and the Environmental Initiative Club, the annual event serves to increase access to biology and science by bringing students and community members together with experts in relevant scientific fields. The 2014 colloquium’s theme is “The Environment Around Us,” and previous presentations covered the topics of invasive species and Florida-friendly landscaping.

Belleville’s presentation, as with all events hosted as part of the Biology Colloquium, is free and open to the public. People who attended all three sessions will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information on Belleville, including a biography and samples of his writing and photographs, visit www.billbelleville.com.

Since 2010, Seminole State’s Biology Department has used the Biology Colloquium to present topics and issues related to various fields of biology. For more information, please contact Marisol De Jesus Berrios at berriosm@seminolestate.edu. To learn more about the Biology Department, visit the department Web page.

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