Wordsmith's Reading Series - Scott McVay
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Where and When
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Music & Multimedia Room 001
Scott McVay was founding Executive Director of both the Robert Sterling Clark and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundations, where he led efforts in strategic grantmaking in education (K-12), the arts, critical issues, and the welfare of animals.McVay discovered and documented the six-octave song of the Humpback whale in a cover article in Science with Roger Payne. He led two expeditions to the Alaskan Arctic to study the rare Bowhead whale. The National Film Board of Canada made an acclaimed documentary of the second.
He has written papers for Scientific American, Natural History, and American Scientist as well as chapters in books, including Just Money: A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy, The Biophilia Hypothesis, and Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse. In 2012, he published a book of poetry, Whales Sing and Other Exuberances. McVay’s honors include receipt of the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Animal Welfare Institute, Joseph Wood Krutch medal from the Humane Society of the United States, and an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College.
Free and open to campus and community • For more information 215-968-8156
Sponsored by Wordsmiths Reading Series with assistance from Cultural Programming Committee, Cultural Task Force, & Dept. of Language and Literature