An inspirational evening with The Last American Man

By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer

April 25, 2013

Featured in The Island News

7376071290_51e568f8fc_mEustace Conway is a man born of 18th Century Enlightenment principles who travels around the country to teach a philosophy of respect for nature, self-reliance and triumph over status quo. Conway, described as a modern day Thoreau, is the subject of the book, “The Last American Man,” which was written about Conway’s horseback trip from the mountains of NC to San Diego, CA by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert, who penned “Eat, Love, Pray” wrote “The Last American Man,” and it served as her inspiration for the former and best-selling book.

The finest examination of American masculinity and wilderness since Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. To meet Eustace Conway is to be dazzled…Reading The Last American Man is like listening to a friend tell you about an unbelievable character over a bottle of house red.” –Outside Magazine

On Friday, April 26 at 7pm, Eustace Conway will speak at USCB’s Center for the Arts about his life’s journey, environmental ethics and living by harmony and balance with nature. Conway’s powerful message is relevant to people of all ages and serves as an inspiration for a better society.

The event is hosted by John Trask III and presented by Lowcountry Real Estate, Medical Weight Loss of the Lowcountry, Grayco, Higher Ground, Bay Street Outfitters and Beaufort Kayak Tours.

tipi-nemo-s-travelsJohn Trask III met Eustace as a camper at Camp Sequoyah in 1973, and they have remained friends ever since. “It’s difficult to sum up what he is all about. Eustace is more than a naturalist and more than a rugged individualist. Eustace is a man born of the same 18th Century Enlightenment principles embraced by Thomas Jefferson and John Locke. It may sound altruistic because it is, but it’s also possible,” says Trask.

The event is free to the public. Donations will be kindly accepted, and proceeds will benefit Turtle Island Preserve, a nature preserve in Boone, North Carolina that Conway operates. Books and cd’s will be on site for purchase, and autographs and photo opportunities will be available.

Eustace_Conway_young_manFrom coast to coast, Americans of every conceivable background have looked up at Eustace Conway on his horse and said wistfully, “I wish I could do what you’re doing.” To every last citizen, Eustace had replied, “You can.”

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