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October 22, 2013
From: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications, 802-287-8926

Journalist, Author Jim Sterba Presents "Nature Wars" at GMC on November 7

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College welcomes journalist and author Jim Sterba for a public presentation Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Withey Hall. His program Nature Wars is free and open to the public.

The program is based on Sterba's recent book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, which offers an eye-opening look at how Americans lost touch with the natural landscape, spending 90% of their time indoors where nature arrives via television, films and digital screens. All the while, our well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing billions of dollars in damage, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities.

Deeply researched, eloquently written, counterintuitive and often humorous, Sterba "provocatively and persuasively argues that, just at the moment when humankind has distanced itself irrevocably from nature, its behavior patterns have put people in conflict with a natural world that they don’t know how to deal with,” according to Publishers Weekly.

Sterba has worked as a foreign correspondent and national affairs reporter for more than four decades at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Along with domestic posts including serving as an assistant to columnist James Reston at the Times, he became a foreign correspondent, covering the War in Vietnam, the invasion of Cambodia, and the Chinese military crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989. He is also the author of Frankie’s Place: A Love Story, about summers in Maine with his wife, the author Frances FitzGerald.

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