Moving Mountains Symposium

2014 Moving Mountains Symposium Theme: Wilderness

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
—Stewart Udall

Friday, May 23, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. to  3:30 p.m
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Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 1:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, this year’s Moving Mountains Symposium will explore an eclectic mix of issues—all related to wilderness. Confirmed symposium presenters represent experts from diverse fields, including science, conservation, journalism, fine arts and education:

Debra Bloomfield: San Francisco Bay Area artist and SFAI professor Debra Bloomfield’s largescale color photographs encompass the breathtaking landscapes of the American continent. Her newest work is a multimedia piece entitled "Wilderness." This work is Bloomfield’s third monograph, which includes photographs, essays (written by Lauren Oakes, Rebecca Senf and Terry Tempest Williams) and a CD soundscape produced with her son, Jake Bloomfield-Misrach.

Douglas Brinkley: Douglas Brinkley has testified before Congress on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has written about the environmental movement during the era of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, 1961 to 1964 — which culminated in the historic American Wilderness Act in 1964 — and is currently writing a book about FDR and the American conservation movement.

Jared DiamondJared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of five bestselling books about human societies and human evolution: Guns, Germs, and Steel; Collapse; Why Is Sex Fun?; The Third Chimpanzee; and The World Until Yesterday.

Adam Harris: Since 2000, Adam Duncan Harris has been the curator of art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is the author of Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks from the National Museum of Wildlife Art and editor of the award-winning Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct.

Vance G. MartinVance Martin joined The Wild Foundation — the only international organization dedicated entirely to protecting wilderness and wild nature around the world — as president in 1984 after 15 years in international business and nonprofit management. An innovative leader known for bridging the interests of people and nature, he has worked in over 45 countries and helped to establish many nonprofits.

Juan Martinez: National Geographic Emerging Explorer and environmentalist Juan Martinez is a national spokesman for the importance of getting youth into the outdoors, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

David RothenbergDavid Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years. He is the author of Why Birds SingThousand Mile SongBug Music and other books. He is also a composer and jazz clarinetist and has recorded nine CDs.

M Sanjayan: Executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International, Sanjayan specializes in wildlife ecology, while also focusing on media outreach and public speaking about conservation issues. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has a research faculty appointment with the Wildlife Program at the University of Montana. Sanjayan was recently named science and environmental contributor for CBS News. Hewill act as the emcee of the Moving Mountains Symposium 2014.

Florian Schulz: Born in Germany, Florian Schulz is a professional nature and wildlife photographer with a strong conservation vision. He is the youngest founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and his work has been published extensively and won numerous international awards.

Cheryl Strayed: With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, Cheryl Strayed hiked more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — alone. Her New York Times bestseller Wild chronicles the story of her impulsive and ultimately healing adventure.

Lynx Vilden: Founder and head instructor of the Living Wild School, which is dedicated to developing wilderness living skills, Lynx Vilden has traveled, explored and researched the nature and traditional cultures of arctic, mountain and desert regions from Hudson Bay to the Red Sea. The film Living Wild documents Vilden and a small group of apprentices as they adapt to prehistoric living conditions for several months.

Jamie WilliamsJamie Williams owns a straw-bale home in Paonia, Colorado, but currently resides in Washington, D.C., where he is the president of The Wilderness Society, the conservation organization leading American efforts  to protect our nation’s shared wildlands.

Past Moving Mountains Symposia have focused on energy, water, food, extinction, population and climate solutions.

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