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Final Ideas & Images talk to address relationship between national parks and wilderness advocacy

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Paul Sutter, History professor from University of Colorado Boulder, will explore the complex relationship between the rise of the automobile and the origins of wilderness advocacy, as part of Flagler College’s Ideas & Images talk on Wednesday, March 22. The lecture will be held in Lewis Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Sutter’s presentation, titled “Automobiles, National Parks, and the Origins of Modern Wilderness Advocacy,” will primarily focus on the historical tensions between national parks and wilderness preservation.

The Ideas & Images speaker served as the 2016 Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society in Munich, Germany. He currently teaches modern U.S. History and Environmental History at UC Boulder. He is the author of “Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement” and “The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach,” and is currently working on two book-length projects.

The first, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Georgia's ‘Little Grand Canyon’ and Southern Environmental History,” examines the history of soils and soil erosion in the American South through the lens of a particular place: a network of massive erosion gullies now protected as Providence Canyon State Park. The second, tentatively titled “Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: Environment, Disease, Race, and the U.S. Sanitary Program in Panama, 1904-1914,” is an environmental and public health history of the construction of the Panama Canal.

Sutter’s talk is the final in this year’s Ideas & Images series, titled “Next 50 Years: Dialogue for a Global Future – Science, Heritage, Business, Technology, Education.” It is free and open to the public.
 
Partners for this series include the National Park Service and its Find Your Park Centennial initiative, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. The series is made possible with assistance from a variety of sponsors including: Joy McCann Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini and Flagler College Bookstore.
 
If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

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