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Course at the Clark to Focus on American Attitudes Toward Nature

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2000

Benjamin Labaree, professor emeritus of history and environmental studies at Williams College, will conclude the three-part series "American Attitudes Toward Nature" on Thursday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m. at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The final talk in the Course at the Clark series will be "Preserving the Commons, 1900-2000," exploring twentieth-century efforts to balance the development of resources with conservation issues.

Admission to the talk is $6 ($5 for members). Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Labaree taught at Williams from 1963 to 1992 and has also held teaching positions at Harvard University, Clark University, Trinity College, and Tufts University. He has been director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College and of the Williams College/Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime Studies. His many honors and awards include the 1999 John Lyman Prize from the North American Society for Oceanic History for his book America and the Sea (1998). His other publications include Colonial Massachusetts: A History (1979); American's Nation-Time, 1607-1789 (1978), and The Road to Independence, 1763-1776 (1963).

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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