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Activist Carl Safina To Kick Off Lecture Series At Aquarium In Norwalk

Author and environmentalist Carl Safina will speak Oct. 7 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Author and environmentalist Carl Safina will speak Oct. 7 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Photo Credit: Provided

NORWALK, Conn. – Acclaimed author and environmentalist Carl Safina will be the first speaker in a lecture series at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

Safina will present “The Ocean and You,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 7.

Safina is a respected author and ocean advocate who has helped lead campaigns to ban drift nets, overhaul fisheries laws, achieve a United Nations fisheries treaty and reduce seabird and sea turtle drownings on commercial fishing lines. Along the way, his writings have made him a leading voice on humanity’s relationship with nature.

Audubon magazine named Safina among its “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.” In 2011, Utne Reader listed him among “25 Visionaries Changing the World.” Among other laurels, he has won a Pew fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur “genius” grant.

“We’re excited and honored to be welcoming Carl here,” said Jennifer Herring, president of the aquarium in a prepared statement. “We all believe ourselves to be conservationists and environmentalists, but Carl lives it and inspires us all with his insights, his passion and his compelling prose.”

Tickets for Safina’s talk are $10 ($8 for members). To reserve tickets for Safina’s talk, go here or call 203- 852-0700, ext. 2206.

The event is the first of seven lectures scheduled at the aquarium. The others are:

  • Emmy-winning biologist and adventurer Jeff Corwin for two shows Nov. 6.
  • Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, Feb. 6.
  • Environmentalist Daniel Botkin March 10.
  • Sharon dentist Martin Nweeia, an expert on the rare narwhal, April 7.
  • Zookeeper/ TV host Jack Hanna for two shows May 7.
  • Weston author Richard Hyman, who will talk about his expeditions aboard Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso, June 23.

For those six lectures, season subscriptions are available that include VIP seating, as well as invitations to pre-event receptions. The cost is $350. To become a subscriber or for more details, call 203-852-0700, ext. 2277 or 2219.

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