2017 Spotlight Speaker: Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty  thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

OilAndHoney-LowResThe Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books,National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors . In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor.

Shakespeare’s Players: “He is more Shrew than she”

shrewBuffalo Humanities Festival is again excited to partner with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, one of the most beloved summer traditions in Buffalo. This year, #BHF16 will feature Taming of the Shrew performed by Shakespeare in Delaware Park cast members, paired with  an audience discussion.

Taming of the Shrew is always controversial because of the many stereotypes it puts on display:  stereotypes of men and women in society, courtship, and marriage. How do we view this play if the man becomes “the shrew”? Did Shakespeare intend to showcase a negative view of women? Or did he give us one of the most honest partnerships in his writing, portraying mutual respect and a dueling wit between man and woman?  This presentation features scenes 

To join us for this special Shakespeare in Delaware Park performance from 1:00pm-2:00pm in the Burchfield Penney Auditorium, you can purchase tickets and daypasses to the Festival here.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a not-for-profit, professional theater company dedicated to providing free, high-quality public theater to the widest possible audience. One of Buffalo’s most beloved cultural institutions, SDP just completed its 41st Summer Season, which featured The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of the Shrew.