Middlebury

October 16, 2001

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

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.