2017 Lecture Series

Our Map of the World:
Defining Our Future Based on Lessons Learned in the Past

January-April 2017, 7:00-8:20 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Rm. 122

Available for 1 credit as NRSM 371, CRN 30257

Our collective future is shaped by our past, and in an increasingly global society, connected through arts, culture, social media, and education, our stories are quickly becoming a collective voice of problems and successes that are shared between many people across the country and world. As we move closer to the second decade of the 21st century, we are increasingly a global society striving for freedom, peace, security, and a respect for all human rights in a healthy environment. These are desiers that have been shared acrsoss societies for centuries; yet, we often forget the lessons we have already learned before making forward strides and taking action.

This year's lecture series attempts to define the connectednes of past social and environmental justice lessons we have already learned as a way to understand where we are going as a society, in a future marked with substantial changes that we are only now beginning to understand. Like reading a map, we decipher where we have come from, in order to recognize where we are, and where it is we would like to go in the future.

Speaker Schedule for 2017 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series

January 31 — “Lessons of Environmental Stewardship Told Through the Voice of Dystopias,” Dr. Robin Parent, Director of Student Engagement, Davidson Honors College

February 7 —"Building Anew: An Holistic Approach to Post-war Recovery," Dr. Kimberly Maynard, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Fellow in International Affairs

February 14 — “After the Quake: Lessons From Nepal," Charlotte Austin, author, adventurer and mountain guide

February 21 — “Bringing Life Back to Northwest Rivers and Nearshore Environments: The Elwha River and Nisqually Delta Restorations," Dr. Jeff Crane, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington

February 28 — "The Career of an Adventure-Conservationist,” Jonathan Waterman, award-winning author and wilderness explorer

March 7 — “Equity and Information Access in the Context of Natural Disasters,” Dr. Rebecca Bendick, geologist and professor, University of Montana

March 14 — "Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty: Columbia River as International Case Study in Ethics and Water," Dr. John Osborn, Physician and Conservationist, Ethics and Treaty Project, Center for Environmental Law and Policy

March 28 — “Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – its Influence on Conservation and Oil in Arctic Alaska,” Dan Ritzman, Regional Director, Sierra Club

April 4 — “The Federal Public Lands Transfer and Privatization Movement from the Sagebrush Rebellion to the American Lands Council: What is Driving it and What Could it Mean for Our Country?” Hal Herring, award-winning journalist, writer, and editor