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From 2015-2017 I served as a member of the Parent Council at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts. And in 2013 I completed a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of The Grammar School (TGS) in Putney, Vermont. As a member of the Board, I was involved in strategic and financial planning, staffing, and I was chair of the TGS Personnel and Policy committee that conducted a comprehensive review and revision of the TGS Personnel and Policy Handbook.

Local presentations, lectures, and readings have been a formative dimension of my intellectual contributions to the College, the Monadnock region as well as the state of New Hampshire.

2009

“Teaching the Local in an Age of Globalization,” From Local to Global: A Centennial Symposium, Keene State College, November 2009

“Field Work: New Directions in Teaching Environmental Literature (with Laird Christensen), Arts and Humanities 2010-11: New Voices, New Visions series, Keene State College, October 2009

“Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, “Wilderness in America, ” Gilford Public Library, Gilford, New Hampshire, July 2009

“Staying Alive,” Presentation as Recipient of the 2009 Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship at the Annual Teaching Excellence Dinner, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, May 2009

“The Trouble with Scholarship,” Keynote Address for the Academic Excellence Conference, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, April 2009

“Why do Professors Blog?” Academic Technology Brown Bag Talk, Keene State College, February 2009

2007

“Jamaica Kincaid My Garden (Book),” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, “Contemporary New England Authors, ” Jaffrey Town Library, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, March 2007

“John Muir and the Mountains of California,” Lecture and Slide Presentation, History of Environmental Thought, Franklin Pierce College, February 2007

2006

“Joe Simpson, Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival ,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Journeys to the Edge!” Hillsborough Public Library, Hillsborough, New Hampshire , May 2006

“Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, “My Family—Myself” Jaffrey Town Library, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, October 2006

“Junichiro Tanazaki, Some Prefer Nettles,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Peterborough Public Library, Peterborough, New Hampshire, February 2006

2005

“Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, “Journeys to the Edge!” Jaffrey Town Library, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, October 2005

“John Krakauer, Into the Wild,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Journeys to the Edge! Pease Library, Plymouth , New Hampshire , September 2005

“Joe Simpson, Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival ,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Journeys to the Edge!” Guilford Town Library, Guilford , New Hampshire , May 2005

2004

“Marilynn Robinson’s novel Housekeeping,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Great American Novels: Newer Prospects, Keene Public Library, New Hampshire, April, 2004

“Annie Proulx, Postcards,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Great American Novels: Newer Prospects, Jaffrey Public Library, New Hampshire, April, 2004 (Repeated: Gilford Public library, September 2004)

“Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Great American Novels, Bedford Public Library, New Hampshire, April, 2004

“Teaching Environmental Literature in the Twenty-first Century,” The English Department Third Tuesday Series Special Topic, Editing Projects in English, Keene State College, April 2004

2003

“Henry James, Daisy Miller,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Boostraps and Pie: Claiming America, Kelley Public Library, Salem, New Hampshire, June, 2003 (Repeated: Howe Library, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 2003; Bedford Public Library, December, 2003)

“Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Hillsborough Town Library, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, June, 2003

“Calvin Trillin’s The Tummy Trilogy,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Boostraps and Pie: Claiming America, Weeks Memorial Library, Lancaster, New Hampshire, June 2003

“Seeing, Reading, and Writing: Three English 101 Instructors, One Textbook,” with Lorianne Schaub and Kirsti Sandy, The English Department Third Tuesday Series, Keene State College, April 2003

“John Muir and the Mountains of California,” Lecture and Slide Presentation, Rivier College Humanities Lecture Series, Nashua, New Hampshire, April 2003

“Michael Pollan, “The Botany of Desire,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council, Peterborough Town Library, Peterborough, New Hampshire, April 2003

“John Muir and the Mountains of California,” Evening Lecture and Slide Presentation, The New Hampshire Environmental Educators Annual Meeting, Concord, New Hampshire, March 2003

2002

“Scott Russell Sanders, Hunting for Hope: A Father’s Journeys,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Bayswater Book Company, Center Harbor, New Hampshire, December, 2002

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Bayswater Book Company, Center Harbor, New Hampshire, October, 2002

“Visions of the American Landscape: John Muir and the Mountains of California,” Lecture and Slide Presentation, A New Hampshire Humanities Council Special Event in the With Earth in Mind series, Keene Public Library, Keene, New Hampshire, September 2002

“Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Contemporary New England Voices, Harrisville Public Library, Harrisville, New Hampshire, August 2002

“Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Littleton Public Library, Littleton, New Hampshire, August, 2002

“The Way to the Salt Marsh: A John Hay Reader,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Conway Public Library, Conway, New Hampshire, July, 2002

“Linda Hogan, Mean Spirit,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, MainStreet Bookends, Warner, New Hampshire, June, 2002

“Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, The American Experience, Nashua Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire, May, 2002

“Rachel Carson, Under the Sea Wind,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Conway Public Library, Conway, New Hampshire, May, 2002

“T. C. Boyle, A Friend of the Earth,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Kelley Public Library, Salem, New Hampshire, April, 2002

“Making Pedagogy Visible,” English Department Third Tuesday Series, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, April 2002

“Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, Toadstool Books, Peterborough, New Hampshire, February, 2002

“John Elder, Reading the Mountains of Home,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, With Earth in Mind, MainStreet Bookends, Warner, New Hampshire, January, 2002

2001

“Yunasari Kawabata, Snow Country,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Out of Asia, Toadstool Bookstore, Peterborough, New Hampshire, December, 2001

“Yunichiro Tanazaki, Some Prefer Nettles,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Out of Asia, Nashua Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire, November, 2001

“Liza Dalby, The Tale of Murasaki, The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Out of Asia, Fitzwilliam Library, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, October 2001

“Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Out of Asia, Barnes and Noble Books, Manchester, New Hampshire, September 2001

“Gish Jen, Mona in the Promised Land,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Out of Asia, Kelley Public Library, Salem, New Hampshire, April, 2001

“John Muir and the Mountains of California,” lecture and slide presentation, Keene High School American Studies Program, Keene, New Hampshire, March 2001

“Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Contemporary New England Voices, Fitzwilliam Town Library, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, February 2001

2000

“Teaching Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,” New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Interdisciplinary Workshop for Teachers: Celebrate Latin American Culture, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, New Hampshire, December 2000

“Negotiating the Campus Visit and Interview,” Preparing Future Faculty Breakfast Series, 2000–2001, University of New Hampshire, November 2000

“Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Contemporary New England Voices, New Hampshire Community Technical College, Claremont, New Hampshire, October 2000

“Bill Bryson, I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, Contemporary New England Voices, Concord Public Library, Concord, New Hampshire, November 2000

“Edward Ball’s Slaves in the Family,” Modern Writers and the Civil War, The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, What is New Hampshire Reading this Month? Keene Public Library, Keene, New Hampshire, April 2000

“John Muir and the Mountains of California,” lecture and slide presentation, Keene High School American Studies Program, Keene, New Hampshire, March 2000

“Anita Shreve’s The Weight of Water,” Contemporary New England Voices, The New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussion series, What is New Hampshire Reading this Month? Keene Public Library, Keene, New Hampshire, March 2000

1999

“The Small Department: What’s Distinctive?” English Department Third Tuesday Series, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, October 1999

1996

“The Poetry and Art of William Carlos Williams,” Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion for the exhibit “In the American Grain: Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Steiglitz,” The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, March 1996

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