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Aug. 29, 2011 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Richard Louv, best-selling author of the acclaimed book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder will open the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s 2011 fall lecture series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. 

Louv will discuss “The Restorative Power of Nature” at Viterbo. Interest in the presentation is wide-spread and is co-sponsored by the Myrick-Hixon Ecopark, Three Rivers Waldorf School, and the La Crosse Public Library. The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required, but seating is limited. Louv will also speak to area middle and high school students at 10 a.m. that morning. 

His newest book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, offers a new vision of the future in which humans are immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future provides better psychological, physical, and spiritual health for people of all ages, he argues. 

An earlier book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder was translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries, began an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is also the founder of the Children and Nature Network, an organization dedicated to connecting children and future generations to the natural world. 

Louv has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Audubon Medal, the Cox Award (which is Clemson University’s highest honor) for sustained achievement in public service, and the San Diego and Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation Medals. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, ABC’s Good Morning America, and National Public Radio. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications.  

The series continues: 

  • Monday, Oct. 17 with Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust survivor and founder of Citizenship Counts, who will present “Citizenship and Civility.” For more than six decades, Weissmann Klein has captivated audiences worldwide with her powerful message of hope, inspiration, love, and humanity. In her speeches and books she draws from her wealth of life experiences—from surviving the Holocaust and meeting her future husband on the day of her liberation, to her journey to the U.S. where she raised her family and has fought to promote tolerance and combat hunger. Citizenship Counts is a program designed to engage today’s students in civics education, combined with active participation in a naturalization ceremony, to help ensure that the citizens of tomorrow will continue to foster tolerance, understanding, service to one another and a greater appreciation for the privilege and responsibility of citizenship. 


  • Thursday, Nov. 10 with Margaret Lowman, Ph.D., director of the Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, who will present “Life in the Treetops: Conservation of the World’s Rain Forests.” Lowman relentlessly works to “map” the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges. In addition to her role as director of the Nature Research Center, Lowman is research professor of natural sciences in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at North Carolina State University, where she focuses on initiatives involving science communication to the public. She is the recipient of numerous environmental awards and the author of Life in the Treetops. 

 For a complete list of D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership speakers and events, visit 



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