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January 31st, 2022

'Walking with Darwin' next installment in spring Joan Crawford Lecture Series

February 9th presentation featuring Peter Skylstad, retired GC professor

Peter Skylstad

Garrett College welcomes back Professor Skylstad

'The Naturalist's Odyssey: Walking with Darwin' is the next presentation installment in the spring Joan Crawford Lecture Series at Garrett College. Presented by Peter Skylstad, this presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 9th at 6 p.m. in room 111 in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) building on the College's McHenry campus.

For more than 20 years, Skylstad was a professor of biology and associate director of the College's natural resources and wildlife technology (NRWT) program. During his time with the NRWT program, he taught multiple classes abroad on neotropical ecology in the rainforests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica for more than 100 students. Skylstad also studied nature in southern China and the Peruvian Amazon.

Skylstad is a published author and avid photographer of the rare and sometimes strange creatures that live in some of the most remote regions on Earth.

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, 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.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the public and community members are invited to attend. All presentations from the Joan Crawford Lecture Series will be available to view online through the College's Facebook page. The lectures will be live streamed and recordings will be posted shortly after the event.

For more information, persons may contact Jenny Meslener at 301-387-3022 or

All individuals planning to attend must follow Garrett College's COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, including wearing a mask indoors. The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at