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Investigative journalist Colin Woodard at UMF Climate Change Forum March 27

FARMINGTON - University of Maine at Farmington features award-winning, internationally acclaimed investigative journalist Colin Woodard as the next speaker as part of a series of forums on climate change. His talk, “The Great Meltdown: Tales from the Front Lines of Climate Change,” will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, in Lincoln Auditorium, in Roberts Learning Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Colin Woodard

Colin Woodard

In his talk, Woodard will address his first-hand encounters with the effects of climate change around the world, from the melting glaciers of Antarctica and Greenland to the low-lying atolls of Micronesia and the fortified shores of the Netherlands. He will also explore U.S. regional divisions on whether to respond to such threats, as reflected in his most recent book, “American Nations: The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.”

Two of his books, “Ocean's End: Travels Though Endangered Seas” and “The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier,” both investigative journalism works, have gained him a unique perspective on the plight of the world's oceans as they respond to profound environmental change and challenge. According to Kirkus Reviews on “Ocean’s End,” “Woodard’s quietly passionate and focused presentation leaves little doubt about the gravity of the water world’s ecological crisis.”

Currently state and national affairs writer at the Portland Press Herald, Woodard recently won a prestigious George Polk Award for his investigative reporting.

During the span of his career, he has reported from more than 50 foreign countries and six continents. He has lived for four years in Eastern Europe and worked as a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has contributed to other major publications such as The Economist, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Newsweek and many more.

An NBC prime time television drama series based on his third book, “The Republic of Pirates,” will begin airing in 2014 under the title “Crossbones” and starring John Malkovich.

Woodard was born in Waterville and spent his childhood in Farmington, Phillips and Strong where he graduated from Mt. Abram High School. He received an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his masters from the University of Chicago.

The spring 2013 University Forum is sponsored by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, Interdisciplinary and General Education Committee, Divisions of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and the Provost’s Office.

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  1. Colin,

    Congratulations. We are so proud of you.