October 16, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
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Posted: October 16, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature," has been appointed visiting scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College. While at Middlebury for the one-year appointment that is effective for the 2001-2002 academic year, he will work on a new book about the environmental implications of biotechnology. Prior to his arrival at the College, he was a fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Study of Values in Public Life.

McKibben's first book, "The End of Nature," which was published in 1989, was one of the early accounts for a general audience of the practical and philosophical problems posed by global warming. It has been translated into 20 languages and was re-issued in a 10th-anniversary edition in 1999. His other books include "The Age of Missing Information" and "Hope, Human and Wild."

A former staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, McKibben writes regularly for numerous publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Natural History and Outside Magazine.

He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships, and the winner of the 2000 Lannan Prize in Nonfiction Writing. McKibben holds honorary doctorates from several institutions, including Green Mountain College in Poultney. He was honored with an award from the Ripton-based Spirit in Nature organization, and received a Bicentennial medal from Middlebury College in the fall of 2000.

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