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Maryn McKenna to Present Annual Shaw Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College is proud to welcome acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna to give the Shaw Lecture on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Hatcher Dining Room of the Rollins Campus Center. Presented by YHC’s Committee for Arts and Assemblies, the event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the talk.

McKenna is an award-winning journalist and author specializing in public health and food policy. Her most recent book, “Big Chicken,” which was named a Best Science Book of 2017 by Amazon, “Smithsonian Magazine” and “Science News,” documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from a local delicacy to an industrial commodity—and a human health threat.

McKenna has written for “The New York Times Magazine,” “National Geographic” and “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.” Her 2015 TED Talk, “What Do We Do When Antibiotics Don’t Work Anymore?” has been viewed over 1.5 million times and translated into thirty-two languages.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing James Davis May, Ph.D., who chairs the college’s Committee for Arts and Assemblies, said that McKenna’s work speaks to the value of the liberal arts.

“Our students will get to see how the narrative arts and scientific study benefit from each other,” said Dr. May. “Science helps us understand what’s happening in the world, while writing helps to communicate what science discovers.”

The Shaw Lecture Series was established by Young Harris College alumna and faculty member Martha Luelle Shaw, ’29, in 1977.

For more information, contact Dr. May at (706) 379-5165.

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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit