The Storied Past, The Troubled Future: Agenda

All sessions take place in the University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana unless noted otherwise.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

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Special Preconference Event

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) and the Mansfield Center will be presenting a special MOLLI Community Program, "Fifty Years of Wilderness and Still Struggling" with Representative Pat Williams on September 3 and September 8 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. This program is free for students, $10 for current MOLLI members, and $15 for the general public. Learn More.

Wednesday, September 10

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Reflections from the Front Lines

Pat Williams, Former Congressman, Montana  
Perry Brown, Provost, University of Montana
Smoke Elser, Outfitter
Bill Cunningham, Wilderness Advocate
Moderator: Sally Mauk, Journalist and Broadcaster

Thursday, September 11

9:40 am - 11:00 am

Wilderness: From the American West to the World

Donald Worster, University of Kansas
Moderator: Bill Borrie, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

11:10 am - 12:30 pm

The Ethical Imperative of Wilderness

Holmes Rolston, Colorado State
Christopher Preston, Department of Philosophy, University of Montana
Moderator: Dan Spencer, Environmental Studies Department, University of Montana

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm

Refreshments and Wilderness Exhibit Viewing

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Roundtable on the Economic Importance of Wilderness

Sponsored by Business for Montana's Outdoors

Chris Mehl, Headwaters Economics, Bozeman City Commissioner
Dori Gilels, Mamalode Magazine
Todd Frank, The Trail Head, Missoula
Moderator: Alex Philp, GCS Research <http:gcs-research.com/>

2:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Wilderness in American Art, Literature and Culture

Debbie Lee, English Department, Washington State University
Samantha Harvey, English Department, Boise State University
Moderator: James McKusick,  Davidson Honors College, University of Montana

3:40 pm - 5:00 pm

50 Years Young: Training and Inspiring the Next Generation of Wilderness Supporters and Leaders

Katie Knotek, Natural Resource Specialist, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest; Wilderness Advisory Group Representative, USFS Region 1
Tristan Persico, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Montana Wilderness Association
Rick Potts, Owner, Wild COR LLC; Former Wilderness Director, National Park Service; Writing Team Member, America’s Great Outdoors Report
Moderator: Natalie Dawson, Director, Wilderness Institute, University of Montana

6:30 pm - late

Readings and Music
Location: Top Hat Lounge

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Social Hour
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Readings with Sharman Russell and David James Duncan
8:30 pm - Closing: Wartime Blues

Friday, September 12

9:10 am - 10:30 am

The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Wilderness

Peter Landres, Leopold Institute
Marion Hourdequin, Philosophy Department, Colorado College
Cara Nelson, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
Pat Burke, Philosophy Department and the Davidson Honors College, University of Montana
Moderator: Laurie Yung, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

10:40 am - 12:00 pm

The Next Chapter in Wilderness Designation, Politics, and Management

Martin Nie, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
Chris Barns, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
Jennifer Ferenstein, The Wilderness Society
Chris Ryan, past USFS Northern Region Wilderness, Rivers, Guides Program Manager
Moderator: Sara Rinfret, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Montana

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Refreshments and Wilderness Exhibit Viewing

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Address

Doug Scott, retired Wilderness lobbyist and historian

2:10 pm - 3:30 pm

The Future of Wilderness Advocacy in the Big Sky State

John Gatchell, Conservation Director, Montana Wilderness Association
Keith Hammer, Swan View Coalition
Doug Scott, Author and Wilderness Advocate
Steve Kimball, USFS Northern Region Wilderness, Rivers, Guides Program Manager
Moderator:  Rob Chaney, Missoulian

3:40 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Final Thoughts on the Future of Wilderness

Holmes Rolston,  Colorado State University
Donald Worster, University of Kansas
Peter Landres, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Connie Myers, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
Zack Porter, NexGen, Montana Wilderness Association
Moderator: Sally Mauk, Journalist and Broadcaster

Mountains in the Scapegoat Wilderness