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MONADNOCK INSTITUTE DIRECTOR JOHN HARRIS TO PRESENT MCLA'S VADNAIS LECTURE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

11/01/16

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Dr. John Harris, executive director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., will present the next Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Murdock Hall’s Sammer Dennis Room (218), on the MCLA campus.

The lecture, “Returning North with the Spring,” which will focus on climate change, is part of an annual lecture series named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais. Sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment, it is free and open to the public.

Harris has served as executive director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University for 18 years. As director, he organized and edited two regional anthologies: “Where the Mountain Stands Alone” (University Press of New England, 2006), and “Beyond the Notches” (Bondcliff Books, 2010).

In addition, Harris assisted in the production of five documentary films focused on regional themes as part of the “Reflections Oral History Project.”

In 2016, Harris published “Returning North with the Spring” (University Press of Florida), which retraces the 1947 journey of naturalist Edwin Way Teale. This work, together with a new documentary film “From Hurricane to Climate Change,” produced by the Monadnock Institute, focuses on the topic of climate change in New England and across the Northeast.

Harris teaches courses in nature writing, environmental literacy, regional history and composition at Franklin Pierce University.  He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has lived in Westmoreland, N.H. with his wife Susie since 1985.

More information about “Returning North with the Spring” may be found at http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/elizabethandlawrencevadnais , or by calling (413) 662-5224.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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