Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin to Deliver MCLA's Fall Hardman Lecture


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Emmy Award-winning television host Jeff Corwin, an environmental journalist, will deliver this fall's Hardman Lecture event at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

The lecture, made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment, is free and open to the public.

Corwin has worked for the conservation of endangered species and the delicate ecosystems around the globe for nearly three decades. A passionate advocate for renewable and sustainable living, he will speak on "100 Heartbeats."

Corwin perhaps is best known as the host of Animal Planet's "Jeff Corwin Experience," which reaches more than 13 million viewers in the United States, and is viewed by others in more than 70 countries. He also is the host of ABC's Saturday morning series, "Ocean Mysteries," a weekly undersea adventure program he leads in conjunction with the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga.

For his conservation efforts, Corwin was named "Ambassador of Climate Change and Endangered Species" on behalf of the Defenders of Wildlife, a major national conservation organization dedicated to conserving wildlife, their natural habitat and safeguarding bio-diversity.

He also established an interactive museum and environmental education center called the EcoZone in his home state of Massachusetts. Part of the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, Mass., the goal of the EcoZone is to build awareness for the wildlife and ecology unique to the wetlands in the southeastern part of the state.

Corwin was appointed a special correspondent on science and the environment for NBC News, where he has reported extensively on the most pressing environmental issues of the day, including the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also co-created and co-hosted CNN's 2007 special "Planet in Peril," with Anderson Cooper.

Corwin hosted the 2009 MSNBC show, "100 Heartbeats," which investigated the plight of our planet's most endangered wildlife species, along with the conservation heroes who tried to save them. And, his 2008 Animal Planet documentary, "The Vanishing Frog," highlighted Corwin's year-long, global odyssey as he explored the mass extinction of Earth's amphibian species.

Corwin is the author of "100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species," "Living on the Edge," "Amazing Relationships in the Natural World" and "The Jeff Corwin Junior Explorer Series," a book series for younger readers, which focuses on wildlife, ecology and conservation.

In 2004, Corwin won an Emmy for "Outstanding Host" for his work on NBC's "Jeff Corwin Unleashed."

He also has hosted a variety of popular television shows and documentaries including, "Giant Monsters," "Realm of the Yeti," "Corwin's Quest," "Spring Watch USA," "King of the Jungle," Disney's "Going Wild with Jeff Corwin," "Investigation Earth"~with the Discovery Networks, and the Travel Channel's~"Into Alaska"~and~"Into the American West."

Corwin also hosted the Discovery Health Channel's~"Pets and People,~the Power of the Health Connection."

Corwin's wildlife and conservation work has been featured regularly on a variety of TV programs and channels, including CNN, FOX, "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "CBS Morning Show," "Ellen Degeneres," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brian," "Regis and Kelly," "CSI Miami" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Corwin made People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People" edition, and Entertainment Weekly's "It List."

Beyond wildlife and conservation, Corwin is a passionate explorer of human culture, especially as it connects to regional cuisine that is produced in a sustainable manner. He believes that food often is the glue that cements together a community and culture - the themes of a Food Network special called "Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin," which premiered as a Food Network primetime show in 2009.

Corwin earned a bachelor's degree in both biology and anthropology from Bridgewater State College, a master's in wildlife and fisheries conservation from UMASS-Amherst, and an honorary doctorate in public education from Bridgewater State College.

When not traveling the world, Corwin can be found at his home off the coast of Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, Natasha and two daughters, Maya Rose and Marina Faye.

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