Gavin Van Horn (2015)

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Gavin Van Horn

Lecture Title: “Writing the Urban Wild”

Gavin Van Horn is the Director of Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature (, an organization dedicated to exploring and promoting moral and civic responsibilities to human communities and the natural world. Gavin received his doctorate from the University of Florida, with a specialization in Religion and Nature. He is the co-editor of City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Relative Wild: Common Grounds for Conservation (University of Chicago Press, in progress). As a writer-in-residence, Gavin will be working on a new book of creative nonfiction, The Channel Coyotes, which highlights various urban animals and the ways in which they can be portals to understanding and caring for place.