Fifty Years of Wilderness and Still Struggling

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center are pleased to present this special MOLLI Community Program, Fifty Years of Wilderness and Still Struggling, led by Representative Pat Williams.

Wednesday, September 3, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, UC Theater, UM and
Monday, September 8, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, UC Theater, UM

Please Note: The UC Theater is on the 3rd floor of the University Center on the University of Montana campus (not to be confused with the George & Jane Dennison Theatre, formerly the University Theatre).

This event is open to the public. Please register by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to ensure seating is available for this program. Late registrations are accepted if space permits. Please contact the MOLLI office for further information or to register; call (406) 243-2905 or register online at

Cost: Free for UM students, $10 for MOLLI members (with current 2014-15 membership), and $15 for the general public.

The University of Montana and MOLLI offer two presentations discussing the past fifty years of history about the nation’s and Montana’s wilderness heritage and its influence upon our politics. The lectures presented by Montana’s former congressman Pat Williams will relate the story from the earliest congressional efforts through the past thirty-five years of struggle to complete Montana’s wilderness inventory. The Wilderness Act was passed into law and signed by President Johnson in 1964. Several areas in Montana were included as designated wilderness in that Act. Since then, the efforts to designate new wilderness in Montana have been strained by the state’s economy and politics. Mr. Williams will review those events though first hand observations.

About the Presenter:

Pat WilliamsPat Williams is a native Montanan whose hometown is Butte. He is married to Carol Griffith Williams, and they have three grown children. Educated in Butte, he attended four institutions of higher education including the University of Montana. A teacher, Williams has taught from elementary though graduate schools. In 1967 and again in 1969, he was elected to the Montana State Legislature from Silver Bow County. In 1979, he was elected to the U.S. Congress in which he served nine terms in the House of Representatives before returning to Montana in 1997 where he resumed his teaching career, this time at the University of Montana. Mr. Williams is recently semi-retired although he and Carol remain active in the community and state.

Lake in the Mission Mountain Wilderness