Weekend For Wilderness: Wilderness and the Myths of American Environmentalism

The culmination of Roanoke’s Weekend For Wilderness is a keynote address by Dr. James Turner, Roanoke native and author of “The Promise of Wilderness”.

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. An interactive Panel Discussion follows which includes some of the region’s most active conservationists including:
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director Ronald Tipton
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Conservation Director Laura Belleville
Former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Rupert Cutler
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) Director Bill Hodge
Forest Supervisor for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests Tom Speaks
Event located at Colket Student Center Ballroom 2nd floor on the campus of Roanoke College. – – Event begins at 7:30pm.