Musician and ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg, C’97, on “The Moth and the Milky Way”

  • on 25 Apr 2013
  • Convocation Hall
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Jonathan Meiburg, C'97, will give a talk titled “The Moth and the Milky Way: In Search of the Obvious in Nature and Art.” Meiburg is a musician, writer and ornithologist. At Sewanee, he majored in English Literature, but after a year as a Thomas J. Watson fellow—in Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, aboriginal Australia, New Zealand's Chatham Islands and the Canadian Arctic—his academic focus shifted to birds. He took a master's degree in geography at the University of Texas, studying striated caracaras in the Falklands and Tierra del Fuego, and returned to the Falklands in 2012 for further research.

Meiburg’s band, Shearwater, has played more than 800 shows in the U.S. and Europe and released 10 albums since 1999, including Palo Santo (2006), Rook (2008), The Golden Archipelago (2010), and Animal Joy (2012). Meiburg has also performed and recorded with Sharon Van Etten, Bill Callahan, Okkervil River, and Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. He is currently at work on two new studio albums, and recently wrote articles for The Talkhouse (on David Bowie) and The Appendix (on the American Museum of Natural History's hidden Hall of Oceanic Birds).

During his Sewanee visit, Meiburg will visit classes in a variety of disciplines. Shearwater will headline Sewaneroo on April 27.

Read more about Meiburg and his travels, studies and music in the Spring 2009 Sewanee magazine (article starts on page 18).