North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) will welcome alumnus Jeffrey McCarthy ’83 back to campus on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. He is the first speaker as part of NYA’s new Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration. His presentation, “Using Alpine Adventure as a Path to Environmental Consciousness,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the NYA gymnasium and is open to the public.
McCarthy is currently the Director of the Environmental Humanities graduate program and Professor in the Honors College at the University of Utah. He graduated from NYA in 1983 and went on to get his bachelors in European History at Wesleyan University. He attended graduate school at the University of Edinburgh, receiving a masters in British Literature before getting his PhD in Environmental Literature at the University of Oregon.
Professor McCarthy’s research focuses on the cultural uses of nature, particularly literary representations of the natural world. He has published widely in academic and popular journals, and his books include: Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental Thinking; Green Modernism: Nature and the English Novel, 1900-1930; and a literary collection, Conrad & Nature: New Essays.
He has been a Fulbright fellow to Canada, a Mellon fellow to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and he has held research fellowships to the National Humanities Center, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University.
He is an avid climber and has recently rediscovered ocean sailing as yet another way to stay both humble and uncomfortable.
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