What is the place of wilderness in modern American environmentalism? To understand environmental politics today, many people look to global issues, like climate change, or threats to human health, like endocrine disruptors. But few issues have been more central to the history of American environmental politics, at the national and local level, than wilderness and the public lands. It is a story in which Eagle Valley and Colorado figure prominently, both in the past and today. Please join us for a talk by Professor Jay Turner titled, “Wilderness and the Myths of American Environmentalism.”
Jay Turner is the author of The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964, which has been described as “The most deeply researched, analytically rigorous, and elegantly written study of American wilderness politics since the 1960s.” His work has been published in Sierra, Outside, Wild Earth, The Journal of American History, and Environmental History. Turner received a doctorate in history from Princeton University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Wellesley College.
This educational, community event is sponsored by Walking Mountains Science Center, Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, National Forest Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service. A photography exhibit by Leadville photographer Steve Sunday will also be displayed to showcase the beauty of our Colorado landscape.
If You Go…
When: Friday, June 29th, 6:30pm –light refreshments and photography exhibit;
7pm—Jay Turner, Wilderness and the Myths of American Environmentalism
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center; Avon, CO.
What: Wilderness and the Myths of American Environmentalism; Explore how the public lands debate has been a vehicle for examining broader shifts in American and environmental politics.
Space is limited, RSVP recommended to Walking Mountains Science Center (970) 827-9725