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Campus News

August 28th, 2017

GC’s Peter Skylstad to Present "Walking with Darwin"

Peter Skylstad, professor at Garrett College, will present The Naturalist’s Odyssey: Walking with Darwin as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. in Room 511 (Garrett College Library) at the Garrett College campus in McHenry.

Skylstad is the Professor of Biology and Associate Director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology program at Garrett College. For the past 15 years, he has taught classes abroad on Neotropical ecology in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and has studied nature in southern China and the Peruvian Amazon. He is also a published author and avid photographer of the rare and sometimes strange creatures that live in some of the most remote regions on Earth. He will speak of his travels and experiences during his presentation.

In memory and in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford, the Garrett College faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series. Crawford, who died on October 5, 2010, had served the College community for more than 30 years. She joined the staff of the fledgling community college in 1972 and worked in many capacities in the decades that followed, including serving as the head of the Humanities Division and Director of Enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

"Joan was a teacher and writer who cared about words and how they can move people," said Joan Crawford Lecture Series Coordinator and Professor of English, Jack DuBose. "We offer a wide range of programs in the series, and I think she’d be proud."

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the general public and community members are invited to attend. For more information, persons may contact Dubose at 301-387-3008 or

Peter Skylstad on the Amazon in northeastern Peru

Peter Skylstad on the Amazon in northeastern Peru.