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John ElderJohn Elder
College Professor
Middlebury College

Professor John Elder specializes in American Nature Writing, Wordsworth, Frost, Pastoral Literature, Basho and the Haiku Tradition, and Contemporary Poetry. He has received the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship.

His two most recent books are Reading the Mountains of Home (Harvard University Press, 1998) and The Frog Run (Milkweed Editions, 2002). He has completed a manuscript called Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa, on the 19-century environmental writer George Perkins Marsh, and he is starting one on sugaring, to be called In Hardwood Groves. He frequently publishes essays in periodicals such as Orion, Wild Earth, New Literary History, and Vermont Life. Elder also frequently gives readings at bookstores and college campuses as well as delivering talks at conferences on nature writing, environmental studies, and environmental education.

Elder serves on the boards of the Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Family Forests. He and his family have a sugaring operation in the hills above Starksboro, Vt. Elder received his B.A. from Pomona College and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Diane MunroeDiane Munroe
Coordinator for Community Based Environmental Studies
Middlebury College

Since 2001, I’ve been working to develop, evaluate, and improve our community-based approach to environmental studies. This approach necessitates a unique set of logistics that I coordinate, including networking with community organizations to identify project needs, serving as a liaison between students and community organizations, ensuring that the community’s goals as well as our curricular/educational goals are being met, and providing the essential follow-up after the conclusion of the semester including dissemination of project results to audiences in the college and local community and beyond.

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