2012 Alabama Humanities Awards Luncheon

The Alabama Humanities Foundation welcomes scientist and writer Edward O. Wilson as the Alabama Humanities Award honoree and featured speaker for its 2012 Annual Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at The Club at noon on September 10, 2012.

Purchase tickets by downloading and completing this reservation form or calling Paul Lawson at (205) 558-3992.

Please RSVP by September 3, 2012.

About Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s leading biologists and is internationally recognized as one of the most articulate authorities on the interrelatedness of knowledge disciplines and life systems.

Wilson is acknowledged for two interdisciplinary scientific disciplines (island biogeography and sociobiology), three unifying concepts for science and the humanities jointly (biophilia, biodiversity studies, and consilience), and one technological advance in the study of global biodiversity (the Encyclopedia of Life).

A native of Alabama, Wilson grew up in Mobile and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from The University of Alabama (1949, 1950) and his doctoral degree in biology from Harvard University (1955).

Wilson has received more than 100 awards for his research on ants and biodiversity and for his writings addressed to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. He has received two Pulitzer Prizes in general non-fiction for his books On Human Nature (1979) and The Ants (1991); the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; the International Prize of Biology of Japan; and the Nonino and Serono Prizes for Letters and Sciences of Italy.

His work in the sciences, letters, the environment and conservation earned him prominence in the annals of the 21st Century. He was named one of the 25 most influential Americans by Time magazine and one of the world’s 100 leading intellectuals by Foreign Policy magazine.

Wilson is the author of 28 books including the recent novel, Anthill, set in the woods of South Alabama; The Social Conquest of Earth; and the soon-to-be-released profile of his boyhood hometown, Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City.