CORVALLIS, Ore. - Stephen J. Pyne, an environmental historian known for his work on wildland fires, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Pyne will speak on "The Language of Wildland Fire." His talk will be the keynote address for a symposium, "Words on Fire: Toward a New Language of Wildland Fire," which will explore the contributions that insights from the humanities might make to the way society views wild fires.

Pyne is one of the world's foremost experts on the history and management of fire. Since the publication of his second book, "Fire in America" in 1982, he has written at least a dozen other books on wildfire. He is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. His website is

The symposium is on Friday, Nov. 2, with a series of presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107 on the OSU campus. See the Spring Creek website for the full schedule and more information about the speakers:

The events are sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word; OSU's School of History, Philosophy, and Religion; OSU's College of Forestry; Joint Fire Sciences Program; and the Northwest Fire Science Consortium.

All the events are free and open to the public. Space for the Friday symposium is limited. The organizers request an RSVP to


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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198