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March 2001

Release Date: March 22, 2001

Chase Lecturer in Humanities at ASU to Address Landscape, Imagination

Environmentalist and nature writer Rick Bass will explore the relationship between landscape and the imagination during the 14th Annual Ralph R. Chase Lectureship in the Humanities Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27, at Angelo State University.

Bass will give two public lectures during his visit to ASU, starting with his 2 p.m. Monday talk on "Landscape and Imagination." He will also speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday on "Ghost Towns and Ghost Landscapes." Both lectures are free to the public and both will be in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus.

The native Texan who now calls Montana his home is one of the most anthologized American authors in the field of nature writing. His passion for nature is reflected in his essays and short stories. That passion has spawned his environmental activism to save the land and its creatures from the encroachment of civilization.

The Chase Lectureship, sponsored by the San Angelo Health Foundation and San Angelo Community Medical Center, brings to campus and the community distinguished speakers whose works have elevated the human spirit and consciousness on both the national and international level. The lectureship is named for longtime San Angelo Pediatrician Dr. Ralph R. Chase.

Bass's works include The Deer Pasture, a collection of essays about hunting in the Texas Hill Country; Wild to the Heart, a collection of essays about traveling to wilderness areas; and Oil Notes, a memoir of his years as a geologist. His first book of fiction was The Watch, a collection of short stories that appeared in 1989.

He has published two collections of novellas, Platte River and The Sky, The Stars, The Wilderness; another story collection, In the Loyal Mountains; and a novel, Where the Sea Used to Be. Other essay collections include Winter: Notes From Montana, The Lost Grizzlies, The Ninemile Wolves, The Book of Yaak, The New Wolves, Fiber, Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism, and Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had. In the fall, Houghton Mifflin will publish another story collection, The Hermit's Story.

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