The Storied Past, The Troubled Future: Speakers

David James Duncan, Author

David James DuncanDavid James Duncan is a father, a renowned fly fisher, a practitioner of what he calls “direct, small-scale compassion-activism,” and the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K, the story collection River Teeth, and the nonfiction collections My Story as Told by Water and God Laughs & Plays. He is also co-author of two fast-response activist books, The Heart of the Monster (2011, co-written with Rick Bass) and Citizen’s Dissent (2003, co-written with Wendell Berry).

David lives with his family in western Montana, where he is working on a novel that combines his loves for Asian wisdom traditions and the land and people of the American West.

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Samantha Harvey, Boise State University

Samantha Harvey

Dr. Samantha Harvey joined the faculty of the Department of English at Boise State University in 2010. She received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in English Literature and her B.A. in English and the Study of Religion from Harvard University.

Dr. Harvey's teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry and prose, transatlantic Romanticism, and literature and the environment. She is the program chair for the John Clare Society of North America for the Modern Language Association annual convention.

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Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College

Marion Hourdequin

Dr. Hourdequin's primary interests are in ethics, environmental ethics, comparative (Chinese and Western) philosophy, and the philosophy of biology.  She teaches courses in all of these areas, as well as in philosophy of science and epistemology. Her current projects include work on the relationship between collective action problems such as climate change and individual moral obligation, moral learning and moral motivation, the roles of care and empathy as moral guides in contemporary and classical ethical theories, and the ethics of ecological restoration.

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Debbie Lee, Washington State University

Debbie LeeDebbie Lee received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1998 and began teaching at WSU that same year. She has specialties in two different fields: 1) Western wilderness literature and history, and 2) Late-eighteenth century and early nineteenth-century British literature and history. She is currently working on a book, manuscript and photograph archive, and oral history collection funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and titled: The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project.

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Holmes Rolston, Colorado State University

Holmes Rolston

Holmes Rolston is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He has written seven books acclaimed in critical notice in both professional journals and the national press. The more recent are:  A New Environmental Ethics: The Next Millennium for Life on Earth (New York: Routledge, 2012),  Three Big Bangs (Columbia University Press, 2011)Genes, Genesis and God (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Science and Religion: A Critical Survey (Random House, McGraw Hill, Harcourt Brace, Templeton University Press, 2006), Philosophy Gone Wild (Prometheus Books) Environmental Ethics (Temple University Press), and Conserving Natural Value (Columbia University Press). He has edited Biology, Ethics, and the Origins of Life (Jones and Bartlett, Wadsworth). He has written chapters in eighty other books and over one hundred articles.

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Sharman Russell, Western New Mexico University

Sharman RussellSharman Russell is a nature and science writer based in New Mexico, United States. Her topics include living in place, public lands grazing, archaeology, flowers, butterflies, hunger, and Pantheism. Sharman is currently teaching out of Western New Mexico University.

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Doug Scott, Author and Wilderness Advocate

Doug Scott

Doug has devoted his career to Wilderness. He helped pass many wilderness bills, including the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act (1975) and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA, 1980), as well as Alpine Lakes Wilderness in his home state of Washington. He worked for The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, and the Campaign for America's Wilderness. He served as the Club’s national conservation director and associate executive director. He was honored with the organization’s prestigious John Muir Award. Scott has written several books, including The Enduring Wilderness and Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground.

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Representative Pat Williams, U.S. Congressman from Montana

Pat WilliamsPat Williams is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Montana during the years 1979 to 1997.

After leaving congress in 1997, Pat Williams returned to Montana and has become a part of several projects and organizations, mostly in Missoula, Montana, where he is currently an instructor at the University of Montana.

Williams is Senior Fellow and Regional Policy associate at the Center for the Rocky Mountain West and he serves on the Boards of Directors for the National Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the National Association of Job Corps, and The President's Advisory Commission for Tribal Colleges.

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Donald Worster, University of Kansas

Donald Worster

Professor Worster came to the University of Kansas in 1989 from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He has also taught at Yale University and the University of Hawaii and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Australian National University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. His most recent book, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir, was published by Oxford in 2008 and was named the best work of non-fiction by the Scottish Arts Council and won the Ambassador Award for Biography from the English Speaking Union. Earlier books include A River Running West, The Wealth of Nature, Under Western Skies, Rivers of Empire, Dust Bowl, and Nature's Economy, which together have won more than a dozen book prizes. He is former president of the American Society for Environmental History and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over the past two decades he has lectured extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America, as well as throughout North America, and his writings have been translated into six languages.

Other Participants

Chris Barns, Bureau of Land Management Representative, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

Bill Borrie, Professor, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

Perry Brown, Provost, University of Montana

Patrick Burke, Adjunct Faculty, Philosophy and the Davidson Honors College, University of Montana

Bill Cunningham, Wilderness Advocate

Natalie Dawson, Director, Wilderness Institute, University of Montana

Smoke Elser, Wilderness Outfitter, Montana

Jennifer Ferenstein, The Wilderness Society

John Gatchell, Conservation Director, Montana Wilderness Association

Keith Hammer, Swan View Coalition

Steve Kimball, USFS Northern Region Wilderness, Rivers, Guides Program Manager

Katie Knotek, Natural Resource Specialist, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest; Wilderness Advisory Group Representative, USFS Region 1

Peter Landres, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Sally Mauk, Journalist and Broadcaster

Connie Myers, Director, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

James McKusick, Dean, Davidson Honors College, University of Montana

Cara Nelson, Associate Professor, Restoration Ecology, University of Montana

Martin Nie, Professor of Natural Resource Policy, University of Montana

Tristan Persico, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Montana Wilderness Association

Zack Porter, NEXGen Program Director, Montana Wilderness Association

Rick Potts, Owner, Wild COR LLC; Former Wilderness Director, National Park Service; Writing Team Member, America's Great Outdoors Report

Christopher Preston, Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Montana

Sara Rinfret, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, University of Montana

Daniel Spencer, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department, University of Montana

Mountains in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness