Dennis DimickFormer National Geographic Executive Environment Editor Dennis Dimick will be visiting the University of Oregon (UO) School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) on April 19-21.

True to his in-the-field background, Dimick won’t just be sitting in classrooms and attending workshops. He will be taking top SOJC photojournalism students to lunch, touring the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and going on a nature walk at Mt. Pisgah during his action-packed week in Eugene.

Dennis Dimick is at the leading edge of thinking about how we communicate the complexities of environmental issues to a broad audience,” said Torsten Kjellstrand, assistant professor of practice in the SOJC. “He brings to the SOJC the sophistication and polish of National Geographic, with the kindness and humility of his upbringing in rural Oregon.” 

All SOJC students will have the unique opportunity to engage with this photojournalist and native Oregonian about photography, Eugene’s local environment, sustainability initiatives and campus ecology during two lectures he will give during his visit.

“Students will be able to hear and see how to begin with good ideas, then use thorough research and excellent craft to use those ideas to deliver published work that makes a difference on issues of critical importance,” Kjellstrand said.

On Wednesday, April 20, 5-6:30 p.m, in Lawrence Hall room 115, Dimick will hold a public lecture titled “The Big View: Climate Change in the Human Age,” which students are encouraged to attend. The lecture will touch on Earth’s reliance on ancient “fossil sunlight” and how Earth can use fossil fuels to build a bridge to a more sustainable future with solar power — our current, renewable sunlight.

Dimick will also be demystifying the wonders of earth photography during a talk for the Demystifying Media seminar series. During this 90-minute seminar on April 21, 2-3:30 p.m., in Lawrence Hall room 115, he will explain how he shoots aerial Earth images and present a visual tour of Earth featuring footage he has accumulated throughout his career. This event is also open to the public.

If you can’t make either talk, Dimick will also be on hand during an enviro-journalism mixer co-hosted by the SOJC and Environmental Studies on April 20, 2-4 p.m., in Allen Hall room 221. During this informal event, students from both programs will get the chance to mingle with Dimick and other faculty over light refreshments.

Story by Nikki Kesaris ’18