Four of my talks delivered since 2010 may be accessed below. As a group, they reflect some of the main themes that have occupied me as a writer and teacher since my retirement from Middlebury.
The first of these was my presentation of Middlebury’s annual Scott Margolin Lecture in Environmental Studies on April 22, 2010. This lecture offered a welcome opportunity to look back over the themes and projects, students, colleagues, and books, that so enriched my 37 years at the College.
The following talk, for the Idea of Nature series at Boise State University, was given on February 14, 2013. My topic was ‘Frost and Nature,’ my approach an exploration of how the writer’s remarkable acumen about ecology deepened his poetry and stabilized him on a personal level.
On February 22, 2013 I gave the keynote address at a conference at Yale Divinity School called ‘Nourishing New Haven. The central themes for the conference were Food-Justice, Sustainability, and Religion, and the title of my presentation was “Together at the Table.
The theme of this plenary address at the 2014 Northern Woodlands Writers’ Conference was ‘The Past and Future Northern Forest.’ In that talk I connected George Perkins Marsh’s 1864 masterpiece Man and Nature with the current health and prospects of northern New England and the Adirondacks.