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The Serengeti Shall Not Die

Zebras on the Serengeti
Fri, 02/08/2019

Lecture and film explore the strange odyssey of two German conservationists   

With 5,700 square miles of grassland, savanna, forest, and woodland in eastern Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park flourishes as a world-renowned African nature reserve and ecosystem. It is acknowledged for its incredible abundance of biodiversity and wildlife. 

    During its inception in the 1950s, one of its most influential advocates was Bernard Grzimek and his son Michael.  In an Academy Award winning nature conservation documentary, “The Serengeti Shall Not Die,” the Grzimek men of Frankfurt, Germany, worked persistently to advocate for this special haven.  But their tireless work also contributed to the displacement of the Masai people from their homeland of over two centuries. 

    This environmental success story along with its human cost will be explored at the Georgetown Library at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019, by Professor Thomas Lekan in a talk entitled “Serengeti Shall Not Die:  A Strange German Quest to Save the World’s Most Famous National Park.” 

    Professor Lekan is no stranger to the Georgetown Library, having engaged audience members here in times past with stories of the Lowcountry filmed by his students at the University of South Carolina.  He presently teaches there as Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.  He is a Rachel Carson Fellow.  He serves also as a Board Member of the US based German Studies Association, the entity which is sponsoring this program along with the Friends of the Georgetown Library, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, and the Federation of German Industries.  His lecture is part of the Year of German-American Friendship. 

    The lecture is supported by the Friends of the Georgetown Library and is free and open to all.  For more information, please contact Georgetown County Library Associate Director Trudy Bazemore at 843-545-3303.