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2020 Otis Environmental Author Announced

Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Rush has been selected as the 2020 Philip Otis Environmental Author. Her residency will run April 28 through May 1, during which time she will meet with students on all campuses, and the wider community will have an opportunity to hear her speak.

In her highly acclaimed "Rising: Dispatches from a New American Shore," Rush addresses the language and realities of climate change. And, having spent time in vulnerable communities on U.S. coastlines and in Asia, she speaks to the need for new environmental narratives. Rush teaches non-fiction writing at Brown University and has taught at The Loft in Minneapolis. Her other work includes "Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Photos and Essays from Yangon, Myanmar" and several ABC books for children, "I is for Indonesia," "H is form Hanoi" and "M is for Myanmar," made in collaboration with artists local to those communities. As the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artist and Writer, Rush is spending 50+ days during 2019 in Antarctica with a team of scientists from the U.S. and Great Britain.

In addition to bringing a distinguished environmental author to campus every other year, the Otis Environmental Author Program funds grant allocations for professional development, new curriculum planning, resources or classroom experiences that further environmental literacy.

Opportunities to hear from this year's environmental author will be announced next school year.