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2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series   
      
      
                                                                                                                                                                    
Room to Roam:
50 Years of Wilderness
Policy, Practice, Protection, and Passion
Available for 1 credit as NRSM 371, CRN: 30308
Also available for credit or viewed remotely via Webinar
January-April 2014, Tuesdays 7:10-8:30pm
Gallahger Business Building Room 122

If you do not live in Missoula and would like to join
the Lecture Series via Webinar, please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5417643791026582530

Fifty years ago, our nation’s leaders formally acknowledged the immediate and lasting benefits of wild places to the human spirit and the fabric of our nation.   On September 3rd, 1964, Congress enacted landmark legislation that permanently protected 9.1 million acres of the most natural and undisturbed places in America.  MWA Logo

As the capstone to decades of grassroots activism and hard-fought political compromise, the 1964 Wilderness Act is one of the most successful U.S. environmental laws, standing for almost 50 years without a substantial amendment, and continuing to be the guiding piece of legislation for the 106 million acres in today’s National Wilderness Preservation System. 

This lecture series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by bringing voice to some of the stories, challenges, opportunities, and dilemmas that texture the past, present and future of American Wilderness. 

This year's line-up of speakers will include:

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:rachel.james:Desktop:Unknown.gifJanuary 28: "Montana’s Wilderness: A Thirty-Five year dilemma," Pat Williams, former Montana Congressman.
VIEW THE LECTURE AT: www.youtube.com/embed/84kgoA7p25w?list=UUqjpv7zEieDOmoBdpiVoMPQ

February 4: "Can we keep Wilderness wild?  The future of science, research, and management on our public lands," Kevin Hood, Wilderness Manager USDA Forest Service Alaska Region and Dr. Andrew Larson, UM Forestry Professor.
VIEW THE LECTURE AT:
www.youtube.com/embed/0SEihf1mLfU?list=UUqjpv7zEieDOmoBdpiVoMPQ

February 11: Wilderness: Where we have come from and where we are going,” Hal Herring, award-winning journalist, writer, and editor.
VIEW THE LECTURE AT: www.youtube.com/embed/4JC7I0hH7Dw?list=UUqjpv7zEieDOmoBdpiVoMPQ

February 18: “Getting beyond rock and ice: Prairie wildlands and the next fifty years of conservation under the Big Sky,” Panelists Rick Potts, refuge manager for Charles M. Russell NWR, Cameron Sapp, MWA Prairie Program Coordinator, and Hugo Turek, Montana rancher

February 25: "Wilderness: The Heartbeat of Nature and Soul of Humanity," Gloria Flora, director and founder of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions and former USDA Forest Service Region 1 supervisor

March 4: Public address on Forest Service Wilderness Areas by Chief of the US Forest Service, Thomas Tidwell.
VIEW THE LECTURE AT:
www.youtube.com/embed/ygmicaIuyXs?list=UUqjpv7zEieDOmoBdpiVoMPQ

March 11: “The Real People’s Lands: Tribal Wilderness indigenous lands, and their future,” Wilderness managers, advocates, and local tribal representatives

March 18: “Wilderness strategies in the 21st century,” Panel discussion with George Nickas, Director of Wilderness Watch, Peter Aengst, Director of The Wilderness Society Northern Rockies Program, and Martha Williams, Assistant Professor of Law and former Deputy Solicitor Parks and Wildlife for the United States Department of the Interior

March 25:  “Mountains and rivers are myself turned inside-out: Tales of the wild,” David James Duncan, author, essayist, fly-fisher, public speaker, and river guardian

April 8: “Keeping it Wild in the 21st Century: Wilderness for a new generation,”Will feature the premier of the film, 'Untrammeled'.' The film is a joint production between the United States Forest Service, the Back Country Horsemen of Montana, and the UM Wilderness Institute, who hope it will invigorate a new generation of wilderness users and stewards.

After the film, students, mentors, and program coordinators from the University of Montana and the lecture will conclude with a musical performance. The location will be in UC Theater instead of normal location in Gallahger Bussiness Building.

For more information call Rachel James at 243-6916, or email wi@cfc.umt.edu

The Wilderness Issues Lecture Series has served as a forum for the exploration of current wilderness issues since 1980. Each year, the Series brings scholars and leaders from all over the country to the University of Montana, providing a unique opportunity for western Montanans to learn from, interact with, and build relationships with speakers. The format of the Lecture Series includes both lectures and panel discussions designed to present a range of viewpoints and material related to a particular theme, and to encourage dialogue.

The Lecture Series is open to the public and offered for one college credit as NRSM 371. Each year the series addresses a theme of current interest. Past themes have included Climate Change: Moving from Science to Solutions; Visions and Voices: Writers on Conservation, Wildness, and Nature; Cultural Perspectives on Wilderness, Women and Wilderness, Bioregionalism: Re-inhabiting the Northern Rockies, Living with Wilderness, Wilderness: Looking Toward the Future, Montana: The Changing Face of People and Place, Managing Wilderness in an Era of Chaos and Uncertainty, and Wilderness and Spirit.

The Lecture Series takes place during Spring Semester
and begins at 7:10pm each Tuesday evening in Gallagher Business Building, Room 122

 

2013 Wilderness Lecture Series
Wilderness on the edge: The emerging roles of wild lands in changing landscapes



This series explored our definitions of wilderness across landscapes, communitites, political frameworks, and scientific investigations. We heard stories from people who manage large landscapes, live near wilderness areas, and study species that roam across our political boundaries of wilderness. This series challenged us to reexamine our definition of wilderness, and encouraged us to imagine future wild lands outside the scope of our contemporary frameworks for wilderness management.

Tuesdays at 7:10, February - March 2013
One credit course as NRSM 371 CRN 30308
Open to the public

February 5:  On the Edge of Wilderness: Looking Inside While Looking Out
Stephen McCool, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Wildland Recreation Management, University of Montana
Watch this lecture here

February 12:  Montana Legacy Project: Landscape-scale Community-based Conservation
Caroline Byrd, Director of the Western Montana Program, The Nature Conservancy
Watch this lecture here

February 26: The Force of Wilderness within the Ubiquity of Cyberspace
Albert Borgmann, Ph.D, Regents Professor of Philosophy, University of Montana

March 5:  Wilderness and Fire: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Success in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Dave Campbell, Bitterroot West Fork Ranger District, United States Forest Service

March 12: Wild Salmon, Wild Lands: Connections Between Intact Ecosystems and Healthy Salmon Populations in the Snake River Basin
Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director, Save Our Wild Salmon

March 19The New Wild
Emma Marris, Author and Journalist
                                                                       
March 26Wilderness, Wildness, and Biodiversity: We Need All Three
Reed Noss,  Ph.D, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida


The Wilderness Issues Lecture Series has served as a forum for the exploration of current wilderness issues since 1980. Each year, the Series brings scholars and leaders from all over the country to the University of Montana, providing a unique opportunity for western Montanans to learn from, interact with, and build relationships with speakers. The format of the Lecture Series includes both lectures and panel discussions designed to present a range of viewpoints and material related to a particular theme, and to encourage dialogue.

The Lecture Series is open to the public and offered for college credit as NRSM 371. Each year the series addresses a theme of current interest. Past themes have included Climate Change: Moving from Science to Solutions; Visions and Voices: Writers on Conservation, Wildness, and Nature; Cultural Perspectives on Wilderness, Women and Wilderness, Bioregionalism: Re-inhabiting the Northern Rockies, Living with Wilderness, Wilderness: Looking Toward the Future, Montana: The Changing Face of People and Place, Managing Wilderness in an Era of Chaos and Uncertainty, and Wilderness and Spirit.

The Lecture Series takes place during Spring Semester,
and begins at 7:10pm each Tuesday evening.

2012 Webcasts - Wild Waters in the West:

Indian Tribal Interests and Activities Relating to Western Waters
Joe Hovenkotter, Staff Attorney, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Healing the Enlightenment Rift: Rationality, Spirituality, and Shared Waters
Aaron T. Wolf, Professor of Geography, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University

Jacobs’ Island, A Reading
Phil Condon, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Montana and author of Montana Surround: Land, Water, Nature, and Place

Protecting America’s Last, Best, Wild Rivers in an Era of Climate Change

Scott Bosse, Northern Rockies Director, American Rivers

Mega Fish Conservation in Central Asia
Dan Vermillion, Owner, Sweetwater Travel Company and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commissioner

Oceans of Marine Debris: Rescuing Alaska’s Shoreline
Chris Pallister, President, Gulf of Alaska Keeper

An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World
Anders Halverson, Ecologist and Award-Winning Writer

Ice and Water in the Clockworks: Kayak and Circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island
Jon Turk, Scientist, Writer, and one of National Geographic’s Top Ten Adventurers of 2012

Reviving a River: What Does it Take to Make the Clark Fork Clean, Healthy, and Whole?
Christine Brick, Science Director, Clark Fork Coalition   

2008 Lecture Series in the News:
Speaker says students are the answer to climate change -- Kaimin, April 2008
Panel of journalists advocate environmental reporting -- Kaimin, March 2008
Interview with Mary Wood, -- KUFM, Feb. 2008
ASUM Buys Emissions Offsets -- Kaimin, Jan. 2008

2007 Lecture Series Interviews:
Interview with Janine Benyus--New West,Feb. 2007
Janine Benyus --Missoulian, Feb. 2007
Interview with David Quammen --New West,Feb. 2007
David Quammen--Missoulian, Feb. 2007

2005 Lecture Series in the News
March 2, Missoulian, Bill Meadows
Feb. 9, Missoulian, Doug Scott
Jan. 27, Missoulian

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2001 Poetics of Wilderness Lecture Series Proceedings Available Online or order a copy from the University of Montana Bookstore, (406) 243-6936