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The 2018 Earle Bates Lecturer in Environmental Studies to Discuss “A Critical Time for State Environmental Leadership” Strickler will give a talk on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons.

Matthew J. Strickler, secretary of natural resources for Virginia, is the 2018 Earle Bates Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Washington and Lee University. He will give a talk on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons.

The title of Strickler’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “A Critical Time for State Environmental Leadership.”

Prior to joining the Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration, Stickler served as senior policy advisor to Democratic members of the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Originally from Lexington, Virginia, Strickler graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2003 and holds master’s degrees in public policy and marine science from The College of William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

He was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’sOffice of International Affairs in 2007 and worked on Sen. Mark Warner’s 2008 campaign. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Strickler worked in the Virginia General Assembly as a legislative assistant to then-state senator Ralph Northam.

Strickler’s talk is sponsored by the Program in Environmental Studies.