FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2013
From: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
Noted Author Robert Michael Pyle to Make Public Address at GMC Convocation
POULTNEY--Green Mountain College announces that author and naturalist Dr. Robert Michael Pyle will be the keynote speaker for the College's 2013 Convocation on Thursday, September 5, at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Pyle is also the scholar in residence for the College’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program September 4-7, and his book The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, is the summer reading for first-year GMC undergraduates.
Dr. Pyle is a lepidopterist (a specialist in the study of moths and butterflies) by training, and a writer who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen, describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington’s Willapa Hills near his adopted home, was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. His book The Thunder Tree characteristically weaves Pyle’s personal experience with observations about our relationship to nature and habitat degradation. Pyle has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Governor's Writer Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale.
Green Mountain College is a four-year co-educational liberal arts college with academic programs that focus on environmental sustainability and social justice. The College was recently named as one of the top-ten greenest schools in the nation by Sierra magazine, and received a perfect green rating in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges guide released earlier this month.