Please note the following special event for your calendars (with apologies
for duplicate messages):

The Friends of Special Collections and the Center for Research on Vermont
are proud to welcome David Lowenthal, international scholar, geographer,
and author of _George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation_, as a speaker
at the University of Vermont Library. He will address the topic "Why Read
George Perkins Marsh Today?"

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2003            Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Special Collections Reading Room, UVM Bailey/Howe Library

Reception to follow; please RSVP by calling 802-656-2138.

Born in Woodstock, Vt., in 1801, Marsh noted the encroaching erosion of the
hillsides and the silt-clogged rivers left by deforestation in his native
town and let these impressions percolate until he arrived in Europe fifty
years later. There, as U.S. consul to the Kingdom of Italy, Marsh saw the
long-term results of the loss of woodlands on the barren hillsides and
deserts of the Mediterranean basin. His _Man and Nature_ (1864), called the
"fountainhead of the conservation movement," was a wakeup call to America
and other nations to provide better care for the environment.

David Lowenthal will place this American classic in the wider context of
the man whose multifaceted energies brought him from business to politics
and finally to scholarship as Marsh became a polymath intellectual in
American society. He will discuss how Marsh's life and works serve as a
springboard into a whole range of topics newly relevant to political life
in Vermont and beyond.

David Lowenthal is Professor Emeritus, University College London. He has
written more than fifteen books since his first biography of George Perkins
Marsh appeared in 1958. The talk will coincide with the publication in
paperback of his new biography of Marsh and of his new edition of _Man and
Nature_ (2003). Autographed copies will be available at a discount at the talk.

Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
      and Vermont Studies Program
University of Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
Burlington, VT  05401-3439
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