Bill McKibben - 2008

Listen to the 2008 McBride Lecture

Best-selling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben delivered the fourth annual McBride Lecture for Faith & Literature. The evening lecture was followed by a book-signing reception.

McKibben is author of the national bestseller Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Holt, 2007) as well as books such as The End of Nature (Random House, 2006, revised) and a host of essays in the nation's top magazines. McKibben is scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College and lives with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter in Ripon, Vt.

The Boston Globe has called Deep Economy a “hopeful manifesto” and “an inspired book.”  USA Today has written of Deep Economy:  “What makes McKibben’s book stand out is the completeness of his arguments and his real-world approach to solutions.”  Bill Moyers has written, “Bill McKibben enjoys the most conspicuous place in my own pantheon of journalistic heroes for his pioneer work in writing about the environment.”

“As always, Christian faith plays a unique role in this year's lecture programs," LaMascus said.  “McKibben’s book The Comforting Whirlwind should be read by every Christian because he asks us to consider the book of Job not so much for its insights into suffering or belief, but because the book calls readers to appreciate the marvel of creation as well as to humbly accept our place of responsibility in it.”

McKibben is author of Fight Global Warming Now (Holt 2007), a handbook for community-based care of the environment.  He also is editor of American Earth (Penguin 2008), an anthology of environmental writing since the time of Thoreau’s experiment in living at Walden Pond.  Vice President Al Gore has written the Foreword to this collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

“The McBride lectures energize our students by connecting them with premier writers and thinkers who value creativity  as an intellectual and spiritual process,” said Cami Agan, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Language & Literature at OC. 

Bailey McBride said, “Although environmental discussions are often superficial and casual, McKibben has thought seriously about mankind’s role in destroying and saving the world. He enlightens and forces thought.”  McBride continues  to direct the OC Honors program and includes each year’s lecture in the Honors students’ symposium series.

Co-sponsors with the McBride Center this year include  The Oklahoma Humanities Council; the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation; the Inasmuch Foundation; Mid-First Bank; and Best of Books, Edmond’s independent bookseller in Kickingbird Square."

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