John Frederick Walker

JFW’s Ivory’s Ghosts Harvard Lecture on WGBH

Posted in elephant and ivory news, ivory news by JFW on May 26, 2009

My well-attended lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History this past January was recorded by WGBH in Boston, and is now on their website as part of their Forum Network.

Kilimanjaro_tusksThe Kilimanjaro Tusks, 1898

The presentation includes a series of images of ivory art, the African commerce in tusks, and of course elephants, and touches on as many of the book’s themes as can be squeezed into an hour. A Q&A segment follows. Click here to view the lecture.

Ivory’s Ghosts reviewed in Foreign Affairs magazine

Posted in elephant and ivory news by JFW on April 29, 2009

The May/June Foreign Affairs has a review of Ivory’s Ghosts by Nicolas van de Walle. “Walker’s well-written and informative book tells the story [of] man’s fascination with ivory, from prehistoric amulets to the massive global trade in the nineteenth century and discusses the impact of the international ban on the ivory trade that has been in effect since 1990.” Read the complete review here.