The 2019 Scott A. Margolin Lecture in Environmental Affairs
Guest speakers Rochelle L. Johnson, Professor of English & Environmental Studies and Director of the Gipson Honors Program at the College of Idaho, and Daegan Miller ’02, writer, critic, and historian will engage in a discussion around Reading Thoreau in our Age of Violence.
We live in the time of mass wildlife extinction, worldwide growing authoritarianism, increasing xenophobia, and global climate change. In this era, the past may seem oddly irrelevant, but Dr. Rochelle Johnson and Dr. Daegan Miller will explore one of the nineteenth century's most outspoken critics, Henry David Thoreau, in relation to our time. What might Thoreau teach us about resistance and radicalism, dissent and disagreement, and isolation and involvement?
The Scott A. Margolin ’99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs is an Annual signature event for the Environmental Studies Program that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the natural environment and human interaction with it. In 1998, the Environmental Affairs Lecture was named in honor of Scott A. Margolin, of the Middlebury College Class of 1999. In his one year here, Scott established himself as a dedicated student of Environmental Studies, a leader in Environmental Quality and other student affairs, and an outstanding writer.