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Event features guest experts Dorinda Dallmeyer and Kathryn Braund.

Both of these modern-day naturalists and historians have been influenced heavily by William Bartram over the course of their career. These experts will join our knowledgeable staff naturalists in sharing details relative to their areas of expertise. They will also be our featured evening lecturers for both nights. For more information on Kathryn and Dorinda, see their bios here.

Kathryn Braund

Kathryn Braund is recently retired from Auburn University where she was the Hollifield Professor of Southern History. Her research focuses on early trade and exploration and the environment of the Deep South Interior. Major themes in her published works include economic interaction and trade, race and ethnicity, travel and scientific description of the landscape, conceptualization of geographical boundaries, and evolving ideas about personal and national identity. Her first book, Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685–1815, part of the "Indians of the Southeast" series from the University of Nebraska Press, was the first to extensively examine the Creek deerskin trade, especially the impact of commercial hunting on all aspects of Creek society. Dr. Braund has also published scholarly articles on the southeastern Indians during the American Revolution, Creek gender and work roles, Creek women during the Red Stick war, and slavery among the Creeks. She has edited and annotated the works of three well-known eighteenth-century writers, William Bartram, James Adair and Bernard Romans. She is also the editor of three collections of essays: Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War, and The Attention of a Traveller: Essays on William Bartram’s Travels and Legacy. She is also the co-author of a book on the federal road through Alabama. She is currently working on a book about the Creek War of 1813-1814. She has served as President of the Friends of Horseshoe Bend and is the past president of the Alabama Historical Association and served as the president of the Bartram Trail Conference for ten years.

Dorinda G. Dallmeyer

Dorinda G. Dallmeyer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology and a law degree from the University of Georgia. After a long career in research and teaching at UGA, in 2018 she retired as director of its Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. Currently she serves as president of the Bartram Trail Conference. A devoted naturalist and writer, Dorinda received the 2005 Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing about the Southern Environment. Her books include "Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South" (Mercer University Press 2010; second edition 2019). The anthology pairs William Bartram's classic from 1791 with essays by seventeen modern-day Southern nature writers. She also has served as editor and contributor to other anthologies focusing on Southern environmental history. Her most recent project is the award-winning documentary "Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram's Travels," which premiered in 2020 on public television stations across the United States.