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September 29, 2003
CONTACT: Deborah Pankey-Mebane
(410) 516-7157

"Celebrating the Chesapeake"
Panel Discussion at Johns Hopkins

Four Maryland authors of books about the Chesapeake Bay will present "Celebrating the Chesapeake," a panel discussion and slide show about saving an endangered habitat, at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

The panel will consist of David W. Harp and Tom Horton, authors of The Johns Hopkins University Press book The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, and Marion Warren and Mame Warren, authors of Bringing Back the Bay. The presentation will focus on a canoe trip by Harp and Horton exploring and photographing Dorchester County's Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a habitat with shrinking dimensions that alarm naturalists and ecologists. The Warrens' slides offer an opportunity to become acquainted with the people who live and work by the bay, showing pride in their heritage and labor. The panel will discuss the importance of the bay and how to save it. Copies of the Horton and Harp book will be available for sale and signing.

David W. Harp, a former staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun Magazine, has received awards from the Maryland, Delaware, and D.C. Press Associations and the National Press Photographers Association. His photography is regularly featured in national environmental and lifestyle magazines. Tom Horton covered the Chesapeake Bay for The Sun for 15 years before becoming a freelancer in 1987. Horton's first book, Bay Country, won the John Burroughs Medal for the nation's best natural history book of the year. Marion E. Warren's photographs have been featured in one-man shows regionally and nationally and have appeared in such publications as Time, Life, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated. Before joining the staff of Washington and Lee University and later Johns Hopkins University, Mame Warren served for 10 years as curator of photographs at the Maryland State Archives.

This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by The Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events, now in its 38th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus. The event is co-sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Press and admission is free. For information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.

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