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Conservation, Wilderness, and the American Dream

April 9, 2013

Hosted by Tom Brokaw

Theodore Roosevelt at Yosemite

Theodore Roosevelt articulated a vision of America that emphasized natural places as elements that define a nation’s character and that are foundational to the individual’s rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  For citizens today, those notions may be controversial, if not completely remote, from contemporary ideas of America. Experts in science, conservation, humanities and democratic principles will illuminate the 21st century imperatives that can contribute to reconstructing and expanding an American identity forged in an intimate relationship to its natural history.


Host and Moderator
Tom Brokaw, an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets.


Douglas Brinkley, Presidential Historian and fellow in history at the Baker Institute and a professor of history at Rice University. Brinkley’s most recent publications include The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.

Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the University of Washington’s College of the Environment.
A scientist known internationally for research on climate and ecosystems – and who has a track record of getting wide-ranging groups of experts to focus on environmental issues.

Michael Novacek, Senior Vice President and Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Novacek was instrumental in establishing the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, Institute for Comparative Genomics, and new research program in astrophysics.

Rick Ridgeway, is Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives where he implements the second two of the company’s three-part mission statement to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.


This program is part of the celebration of the reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History.


Find out more about the topics the panel will discuss:

Cross, Molly S., Erika S. Zavaleta, Dominique Bachelet, Marjorie L. Brooks, Carolyn AF Enquist, Erica Fleishman, Lisa J. Graumlich et al. "The Adaptation for Conservation Targets (ACT) Framework: A Tool for Incorporating Climate Change into Natural Resource Management." Environmental management(2012): 1-11.

Graumlich, L. and W.L. Francis (Eds.). 2010. Moving Toward Climate Change Adaptation: The Promise of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative for addressing the Region’s Vulnerabilities. Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Canmore, AB

Pederson, Gregory T., Stephen T. Gray, Connie A. Woodhouse, Julio L. Betancourt, Daniel B. Fagre, Jeremy S. Littell, Emma Watson, Brian H. Luckman, and Lisa J. Graumlich. "The unusual nature of recent snowpack declines in the North American Cordillera." Science

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