Saving American Nature: Preservation, Conservation, and the Wild - Lunchtime Lecture by Kevin M. Anderson

 Center for Environmental Research 

·2018 Lunchtime Lectures – Nature and the American Mind

·The two key American myths of nature – wilderness and pastoral nature – set the stage for the great American debate over managing nature – Preservation vs. Conservation. The main protagonists in this debate were John Muir for preservation and Gifford Pinchot for conservation, or, at least, that is the standard history. As books like The Great New Wilderness Debate (1998) or the ongoing exchange between ecologists over “invasive nonnative species” and “novel ecosystems” attest, this debate rages on. The roots of this debate are tangled up in natural theology, Transcendentalism, the history of biology and ecology, and governmental policy tracing back to George Perkins Marsh publishing Man and Nature in 1864, long before Muir and Pinchot ever argued. In September, we will try to untangle some of those historical roots and trace the path to our present struggles over the proper management of Nature.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Norman Hackerman Building (NHB), 1.720
100 24TH ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, Science & Tech, Campus & Community, Sustainability


College of Natural Sciences

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public





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