Wade Davis

Wade Davis

The Wayfinders

Wade Davis is a well-published scholar and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life's diversity."

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his PhD in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His work as an anthropologist and botanical explorer has taken him throughout the world from the forests of the Amazon to the mountains of Tibet, from the high Arctic to the deserts of Africa.

In The Wayfinders, Wade Davis argues that there is a fire burning over the Earth, taking with it plants and animals, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise. He reveals the significance of what may be lost, through a wild and thrilling exploration of what remains with us and very much alive.  Quelling this flame, and rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our times.

Davis will speak in Kelowna on October 3 as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.

Booking sales and signing

The UBC Bookstore is please to provide the following Wade Davis titles for sale at the event:

  • The Sacred Headwaters (October 2011)
  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (September 2011)
  • The Wayfinders (October 2009)
  • Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures (February 2007)

The following payments will be accepted: Visa, Master Card, Amex, cash and cheque.

About Wade Davis

Davis is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Explorer's Medal, the highest award of the Explorer's Club, the Lowell Thomas Medal, and the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration, the most prestigious award for botanical exploration. He is the author of 15 bestselling books including The Serpent and the Rainbow, later released as a feature film, and One River, which was nominated for the Governor General's literary Award for Non-fiction. His other books include the award winning, Light at the Edge of the World, Shadows in the Sun, The Wayfinders, Into the Silence and The Sacred Headwaters. In 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Foundation $125,000 prize for literary nonfiction.

Described by ABC's 20/20 as a real life Indiana Jones, Davis's expeditions and investigations have been the subject of over 900 media reports and accounts, including three episodes of the X-files. He has written for National Geographic, Newsweek, Premiere, Outside, Harpers, Fortune, Condé Nast Traveler, Natural History, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other international publications.

Wade Davis' lecture presentations, illustrated by exquisite photographs, are a wild and moving celebration of the wonder of humanity, and the diversity of the human spirit as expressed among the more than 7000 cultures of the world. He is the co-curator of The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, first exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and is currently serving as guest curator at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Last reviewed shim5/1/2017 9:15:42 AM

inspired. informed. insightful.


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