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Author James B. Hunt to Present Guest Lecture at Young Harris College

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Ali Hatley
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5327, kndean@yhc.edu
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Author James B. Hunt to Present Guest Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Author James B. Hunt, Ph.D., will present a special guest lecture regarding his new book, Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68, on Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the Young Harris College campus. The event is co-sponsored by the College’s Sustainability Committee and Student Government Association and is free and open to the public.  

Restless Fires provides a detailed rendering of legendary American conservationist John Muir’s thousand-mile walk to the Gulf based on both manuscript and published accounts. Dr. Hunt examines the development of Muir’s environmental thought as a young adult as he experienced delight in seeing nature anew after recovering from partial blindness due to a factory accident. This is one of the first books that places Muir’s walk in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Dr. Hunt is professor emeritus of history at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where he taught American, Latin American and world history. For 25 years, he provided faculty leadership to students traveling in Central America for Whitworth's nationally recognized five-month study and service program.  This led to his compelling interest and writing on the impact of youthful travel on such American leaders as John Quincy Adams, Frederick Douglass, Jane Addams and John Muir.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for study in autobiography at the University of North Carolina. While on sabbatical, Dr. Hunt served as a fellow at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, was selected as a Danforth Fellow and received the Burlington Northern Excellence in Teaching Award.

He and his wife, Linda Lawrence Hunt, Ph.D., co-founded The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship in 1999 to honor the life and vision of their daughter, Krista Kimberly Hunt Ausland, who was killed at the age of 25 while volunteering with her husband in global service in rural Bolivia. The Krista Foundation provides mentoring support, along with service and leadership development grants, for young adults who are engaged in a sustained period of voluntary or vocational service as an expression of their Christian faith and values.

For more information about Dr. Hunt and Restless Fires, visit http://www.johnmuir-restlessfires.com/.

For more information about the event, call (706) 379-5239.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Author Dr. James B. Hunt will present a special guest lecture regarding his new book, Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68, on Thursday, March 14.

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