Document Type

Grant Application

Project/Presentation Title

The Honors College Read Lecture


The Honors College


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Project Period

FY 2013-2014

Event Sponsor

Cultural Affairs/ Distinguished Lecture Series

Project Abstract/ Summary

The Honors College seeks partial funding to invite renowned author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben, to present a lecture at 3:30 PM on September 17,2014. The lecture will be based upon his best-selling book, Eaarth-the Honors Read assigned to our 300+ incoming first-year students this fall. The venue for the lecture will likely be Hauck Auditorium in order to accommodate this entering class, as well as other honors students, faculty and staff, and the many university and community members who will be eager to attend a lecture by McKibben.

A prolific writer, McKibben is the author of l5 books and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlqntic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. In 1989 McKibben published The End of Nature,which is often regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is founder of planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement-and currently serves as The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, McKibben was awarded the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize for his ardent environmental activism, and he holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe described McKibben as "probably America's most important environmentalist. "