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COA’s Coffee & Conversation with Jim Sterba

Posted July 23, 2013, at 5:56 p.m.
Jim Sterba, former New York Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent
Jim Sterba, former New York Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent

BAR HARBOR, ME— On Tuesday, July 30, College of the Atlantic’s Coffee & Conversation series continues with Jim Sterba, former New York Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent. Sterba will talk with COA trustee and adjunct faculty member Ron Beard about Sterba’s new book, Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds.

“Jim has turned his skilled ‘reporter’s eye’ to how our landscape changed over the last century, from farmland to forestland and the trappings of suburbia,” said Beard. “He documents how our relationship with wildlife changed, from being a resource that we managed to a ‘problem’ to be solved. We don’t have to look very far on Mount Desert Island to see the themes in Nature Wars play out as we ponder issues like management of local deer herds, and increasing incidence of Lyme disease.”

Join Sterba and Beard for a free-ranging discussion, the fifth in a summer-long series of Tuesday morning Coffee & Conversations at COA. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be at 9am at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Copies of Nature Wars will be available for purchase.

For more information on the weekly conversations, which are free and include refreshments, contact Kim Childs, kchilds@coa.edu or 207-801-5625.

About Jim Sterba

Sterba has been a foreign correspondent, war correspondent and national correspondent for more than four decades, first for The New York Times and then for The Wall Street Journal. Born in Detroit, he grew up on a farm in central Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He speaks Mandarin and Indonesian and resides in New York City.

About College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

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LECTURE: Tuesday, July 30 at 9 a.m.: Jim Sterba, former New York Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent, and Ron Beard, COA trustee and adjunct faculty member, talk about Sterba’s new book, Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds. George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. kchilds@coa.edu or 207- 801-5625. www.coa.edu.

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