Writer, professor and environmentalist Paul Bogard, Class of 1989, will speak about his book "The End of Night: Searching For Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light" on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Boliou Hall Room 104. Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness—what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight. A promotional video for the book can be viewed here. This event is free and open to public.
"The End of Night" (Little, Brown & Company, 2013) takes a deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In the book, Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.
Bogard is also the author of "Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark" (University of Nevada Press, 2008).
A native Minnesotan, Bogard grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, and is now assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.