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Adventurer Ken Ilgunas speaks April 8 at Appalachian

BOONE—Author and adventurer Ken Ilgunas will present his talk “Trespassing across America: One Man’s Epic, 1,700-mile (and sort of Illegal) Hike along the Keystone XL Pipeline” Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114 at Appalachian State University.

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The presentation is sponsored by the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

In fall 2012, Ilgunas set out to hike every mile of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Charged by moose, chased by dogs and stampeded by cows, Ilgunas’s journey is a modern-day adventure that exposed him to the heart of America and the evils of the fossil fuel industry.

Ilgunas is the author of “Walden on Wheels: On the Road from Debt to Freedom,” a travel memoir that has been called a “thoroughly endearing account” by the Wall Street Journal and a “remarkable memoir” by the Washington Post.

“Walden on Wheels” chronicles Ilgunas’s North American odyssey to pay off his $32,000 undergraduate student debt, and later, afford graduate school by secretly living in his van for two years at Duke University. He’s written for the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His adventures and book have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS This Morning, NPR and Mother Jones.

For more information, contact Professor Sandra Lubarsky in the Department of Sustainable Development at 828-262-7248 or