Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture
This annual lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment.
Returning North With the Spring
Free and Open to the Public
Dr. John Harris has served as executive director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University for eighteen 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, he assisted in the production of five documentary films focused on regional themes as part of the Reflections Oral History Project.
In 2016, Dr. 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. Dr. 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, NH with his wife Susie since 1985.