Published June 19, 2014
Renowned author and environmentalist Bill McKibben is coming to Buffalo to deliver the UB School of Architecture and Planning’s Commencement address. It is our pleasure to invite you to the Commencement ceremony to hear Bill speak to the graduating class.
McKibben's Commencement address will begin promptly at 5 pm on Friday, May 10 in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. Special seating is available in the balcony area for guests who will be attending the ceremony that are not directly connected to our graduates. Balcony seating is limited to 642, and members of the general public will be seated on a first come, first serve basis; tickets are not required. As this event is a celebration for our students, we do invite you to stay for the full program. However, we do recognize that this occasion represents a special opportunity for you to hear Bill speak about important issues in today’s fragile world. Therefore, we have included a musical interlude after his speech to allow guests to quietly exit the auditorium.
Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Bill grew up in suburban Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined The New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. Other publications include The Age of Missing Information; Hope, Human and Wild; Wandering Home, Fight Global Warming Now; The McKibben Reader and many more. Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines and is a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000.