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Historian Douglas Brinkley Speaks On Theodore Roosevelt, John Burroughs & the Emerging U.S. Conservation Movement (7/15)

  |   July 14, 2014  |  Comment

Way way before there was an environmental movement or fears of climate change existed, there was John Burroughs, longtime Hudson Valley (West Park) resident, who’s credited with creating the modern nature essay. He was one of the most popular,

John Burroughs

prolific and influential authors of his day. He had a profound impact on the emerging conservation movement of the early 20th century through both his writings and his friendships with national leaders like President Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Burrough’s unique literary talent? He used easily understood prose to bring the natural world to his readers and encouraged them to join in the art of observation.

Want to know more? Here’s your chance: award-winning historian, author and conservationist, Douglas Brinkley will discuss “John Burroughs, Theodore Roosevelt, and the American Conservation Movement” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 pm in Taylor Hall room 203. This free public event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies program and the John Burroughs Association.


Douglas Brinkley

About Douglas Brinkley

Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, a CBS News commentator, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. Brinkley’s work on conservation history includes the books Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960, and he is currently writing Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. Chris Matthews of MSNBC News has referred to Brinkley as “one of the greatest living historians.”


About the John Burroughs Association

The John Burroughs Association, founded in 1921, brings together the literary legacy of its namesake and the natural world he embraced, joining the written word of nature essays with real-life experience in nature (http://research.amnh.org/burroughs/). The Association makes available to the public Burroughs’ historic property in West Park, NY and the surrounding Nature Sanctuary. The Association also presents national literary awards to encourage nature writing. These include the John Burroughs Medal, Essay Award, and Riverby Award for natural history written for young readers.

About Vassar’s Program in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies at Vassar explores the relationships between people and the totality of their environments — natural, built, and social. It is a fully multidisciplinary program that involves the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities. The major is designed around the guiding principle that the study of the environment should involve all areas of the curriculum.

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

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