Doug Peacock appearing at SCC April 29
Without question, Doug Peacock has led an immensely interesting life.
While a student at the University of Michigan he traveled with archeologists to search for non-marine vertebrate fossils in Alaska and ran a college lecture program that included such distinguished individuals as Martin Luther King, Norman Thomas and Tom Hayden.
He served two tours as a Special Forces medic in the Central Highlands of Vietnam earning the Soldier’s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Bronze Star.
Returning from Vietnam he found solitude in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains and credits grizzly bears with restoring his soul. Over the past 40 years, he has been this country’s most consistent advocate for grizzly bears and was the subject of the movie, Peacock’s War which premiered on PBS’s Nature.
Quad Citians have the opportunity to hear and meet Peacock on April 29. He will be appearing at Scott Community College, Room 1501, 500 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, beginning at 4:10 p.m. His appearance is free of charge and open to the public.
Peacock will be speaking on “The Origins of the First Americans: Elephant Hunters in Iowa and what took them so long to get here?”
Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow in 2011 for his work about archeology, climate change and the peopling of North America, published in 2013 as In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene.
Peacock lectures regularly about wilderness and veterans issues. He has appeared on television shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, Sesame Street, The American Sportsman and Democracy Now!. He has also appeared in numerous National Public Radio segments.
Peacock co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies.
He serves as chairman of the board of directors for Round River, which works with indigenous people and governments in Namibia, Botswana, North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems (simultaneously training indigenous people and college students in environmental sciences). Round River has emerged as one of the most successful medium-sized conservation groups anywhere, having directly or indirectly contributed to the preservation of more than 20 million acres of wilderness.
Peacock lives in Emigrant, Montana, and spends considerable time in the Sonoran Desert, southeast Utah and with the grizzlies of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Married to Andrea Peacock, he has two children with whom he visits the wilderness and three cats who share his homes.
His presentation is made possible by Davenport SCENE with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Scott Community College, one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.
Davenport SCENE (Sustainable City Empowered Network for Education) is a unique partnership of several local agencies including Eastern Iowa Community Colleges/Scott Community College Library and the college’s Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, Figge Art Museum, Davenport Public Library, Nahant Marsh Educational Center, Quad Cities Food Hub, Junior Achievement, Living Lands and Waters, and River Music Experience.
The goal of the partnership is to advance the science and information literacy of Davenport residents of all ages regarding environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in order to move Davenport toward becoming a sustainable city.
For more information about his appearance here call 563-441-4150. More information about Peacock can be found on his website, www.dougpeacock.net.