Wilderness and the Myths of American Environmentalism: Dr. James Turner
Saturday Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom
Many people have viewed the Wilderness Act of 1964 as the culminating event in a long history of American conservation and preservation. This talk takes wilderness as the starting point for a new history of American environmental politics.
Roanoke native James Turner is a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program at Wellesley College and author of “The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964.” A panel discussion will follow Turner’s address, which is part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
The discussion is co-sponsored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Roanoke College Environmental Studies program. Panel members will include Dr. Rupert Cutler, former assistant secretary of agriculture, Ron Tipton, executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and others.