Environmental Lecture on Long Island

Roger Payne & Lisa Harrow
Roger Payne & Lisa Harrow

As part of the Jerry March Memorial Lecture and the Joseph J. Napolitano Memorial Lecture series, scientist Roger Payne and actress Lisa Harrow will present “SeaChange: Reversing the Tide” on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY.

Payne and Harrow use science and poetry to argue that the human species is an integral part of life’s complex web, and that our survival requires that we attend not just to our own well-being, but also to the well-being of all life on Earth. Due to their involvement in environmental concerns, Lisa Harrow and Roger Payne have also written and performed “Lessons from Copernicus”, a blend of art and science that demonstrates how mankind has gone wrong. “SeaChange: Reversing the Tide” is free and open to the public.

Mrs. Harrow is the author of the internationally published environmental handbook, What Can I Do? Lisa Harrow, born in Auckland, New Zealand, was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and was later invited to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). In her first season with RSC, she portrayed Olivia opposite Judi Dench in Twelfth Night. Other RSC credits include Desdemona in Othello, Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Mrs. Harrow won the Variety Club’s “Most Promising Newcomer” award for her role on the Italian-made The Devil Is a Woman. She has also won a Grand Jury award at the Sundance Film Festival and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role in Sunday. After moving to the United States in 1997, Lisa Harrow has become an increasing presence on the stage in productions such as WitMedeaThe Lion in Winter and Mary Stuart, among others.

Studying the behavior of whales since 1967, Dr. Roger Payne has led more than 100 expeditions to all of the world’s oceans and studied every species of baleen whale in the wild. Founder and president of Ocean Alliance, Dr. Payne has recently completed the Voyage of the Odyssey, a five-year, around-the-world research expedition to measure pollution levels in the ocean. Along with Scott McVay, Dr. Payne is best known for his discovery that humpback whales sing, and the theory that the sounds of fin and blue whales can be heard across vast distances. Roger Payne pioneered many of the benign research techniques now used throughout the world to study free-swimming whales, and has trained many of the current leaders in whale research, both in America and abroad. One of his three articles in National Geographic Magazine contained a record of whale sounds and his other publications include the book, Among Whales and three recordings composed by whales but arranged and played by humans: “Songs of the Humpback Whale”, “Deep Voices”, and “Whales Alive”. His films have received seven awards including two Emmy nominations and an Emmy for best interview. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Goldberg, at 516.877.4147 or visit the Adelphi Cultural Events Calendar.

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