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Dreaming California—A Love Story: An Evening with Artist, Poet, and Naturalist Obi Kaufmann

EVT 628
Mar 4
7:30 pm
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
Status: No Registration Required
Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (which received a 2018 California Book Award Gold Medal and was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) and the recently published The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Sunset magazine called him “a modern-day John Muir. . . who will change the way you see the world.”

Kaufmann has hiked the length and breadth of the Golden State chronicling his intimate relationship with California’s abundant flora and fauna, watersheds, deserts, and mountains in beautifully rendered watercolors and maps while combining scientific data with poetic reflections that serve as eloquent manifestos of conservation, restoration, and geographic literacy. He is currently working on the California Lands Trilogy: The Forests of California, The Coasts of California, and The Deserts of California. A final book, The State of Fire: Where, How and Why California Burns, will complete a sextet of unique books in his continuing investigation into a deeper understanding of the natural world through the confluence of art and science.

A short film about Obi Kaufmann by Calle Stoltz: The Mountains March Over Me

Obi Kaufmann, Author; Illustrator; Naturalist

Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist and spent most of his high school years practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland and posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media.
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