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Grad Lunch with Author Liam Heneghan

Thursday, February 21, 2019
11:30am – 12:30pm

Storrs Campus
Young Building, Room 228

Thursday, February 21, 2019

11:30am - 12:30pm

Young Building, Room 228

Graduate Students are welcome to a special lunch event with this week’s Teale speaker Dr. Liam Heneghan, author of Beasts at Bedtime, Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature.

In Beasts at Bedtime, Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children’s stories. From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Heneghan unearths the universal insights into our inextricable relationship with nature that underlie so many classic children’s stories. Some of the largest environmental challenges in coming years—from climate instability, the extinction crisis, freshwater depletion, and deforestation—are likely to become even more severe as this generation of children grows up. Though today’s young readers will bear the brunt of these environmental calamities, they will also be able to contribute to environmental solutions if prepared properly. Heneghan shows how the nature curriculum is already embedded in bedtime stories, from the earliest board books like The Rainbow Fish to contemporary young adult classics like The Hunger Games.

Liam Heneghan is an ecosystem ecologist, Professor, and Co-Director of DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Children. He is a Dubliner, an occasional poet, a tin whistle player, and a father of two grown children to whom he read every night of their early years.

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. The lectures are open to the public and do not require registration.

For additional information:


Beth Lawrence:, 486-0259

Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature & the Environment (primary), Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, English Department, Neag School of Education, Sociology Department, UConn Master Calendar

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