Crosby Lecture Series to host writer and photographer Jonathan Waterman

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Waynesburg University will host Jonathan Waterman as the Glenn A. & Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series speaker Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. A book signing will follow the lecture. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Waterman’s hour-long lecture “Plastic Garbage Patch,” is based on his 2,500-mile sailing journey from San Diego to Honolulu. During this voyage, Waterman worked as the ship journalist of the 132-foot brigantine Robert C. Seamans, studying the amount of plastic and Japanese tsunami debris in the water along with 37 researchers. His National Geographic dispatches of the findings on the pollution in the Pacific Ocean can be found at:

Jonathan Waterman has held several titles such as a magazine editor, park ranger and wilderness guide, but what he most identifies himself as is a writer and photographer. Frequently supported by the National Geographic Society, his renowned adventurous undertakings include his solo trip of the Northwest Passage, winter ascent of Denali’s Cassin Ridge and descent of the Colorado River to sea.

Waterman has received much recognition for the 12 books he has written, including magazine awards, a Special Achievement Award from the National Park Service, a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy. Some of his titles include “Northern Exposures: An Adventuring Career in Stories and Images,” “Arctic Crossing” and “In the Shadow of Denali.”

For more information about Waterman, visit

The Glenn A. & Jane L. Crosby Lectures, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.


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