FALL 2016

Craig Childs
“The Everending Earth or How the World is Always Ending”
Monday, October 3, 2016
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Craig Childs is a renowned author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. These include, Apocalyptic Planet, which won the Orion Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, and Outside Magazine. He has also won the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Rowell Art of Adventure Award. Lauded as an adventurer and desert ecologist, he lives off the grid in Colorado. He currently teaches writing for both the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Southern New Hampshire University. (

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Tim O’Brien
“The Things They Carried”
Monday, November 7, 2016
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Timothy O’Brien is an award winning American writer recognized for his writings about the Vietnam War. He completed a tour of duty from 1969 to 1970 as a foot soldier with the 46th Infantry in Quang Ngai province and received a Purple Heart. His major works include The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato. The Things They Carried is a blend of memoir and fictional stories about soldiers’ experiences during the Vietnam War. His many awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Book Award, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction, the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.    

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Luvvie Ajayi
"Using Social Media for Social Good"
Monday, February 27, 2017
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, speaker and digital strategist whose passion for social justice lead her to co-found The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls as well as works to decrease the stigma around this disease. In 2010, U.S. House of Representatives entered Red Pump into the Congressional Record. Ajayi is a contributing editor and columnist for TheGrio and has written for XOJane, Essence, EBONY, Huffington Post, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine. Her first book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, will be published in fall 2016. (

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Ben Hewitt
“Growing a Local Food System: Local food as economic driver and local nourishment”
Monday, April 17, 2017
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Ben Hewitt, author of the acclaimed The Town That Food Saved and Making Supper Safe, writes and farms in Northern Vermont. His writing demonstrates how regionalized agriculture and food production holds the potential to reinvigorate our bodies, communities, and economies. Hewitt’s work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Gourmet, Discover, Eating Well, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and many others. He and his family live in a self-built home that is powered by a windmill and solar photovoltaic panels, and tend a menagerie of animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens. (

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