Moving Mountains Symposium: Wilderness (Morning Session)

Date: May 23, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

The Foundation of American Wilderness
Recognized for his outstanding work with the Land Trust Alliance, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy, Jamie Williams was named president of the Wilderness Society in 2012, the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation's shared wildlands. He has a strong foundation in collaboration and community-based approaches to conservation.

The Arctic: A Last Refuge of Wild
Born in Germany, Florian Schulz is a professional nature and wildlife photographer and the youngest founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

PANEL: Does Wilderness Exist?
Emcee M Sanjayan challenges four great advocates of wilderness to not only define wilderness, but prove that it exists:

Oceanographer, author and lecturer Sylvia Earle’s extraordinary accomplishments have earned her the moniker “Her Deepness.” Through an act of civil disobedience that resulted in two years in federal prison, Tim DeChristopher saved thousands of acres of federal land threatened by oil and gas extraction. Dave Foreman is a leading environmentalist and activist who founded the group Earth First! and the Rewilding Institute “to combat the extinction crisis.”Wildlife photographer John Francis is the vice president for research, conservation and exploration at the National Geographic Society.

Inspiration to Create
Adam Duncan Harris
is 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.

Inspiration to Preserve
Artist and professor Debra Bloomfield’s large-scale color photographs encompass the breathtaking landscapes of the American continent. Her newest work is a multimedia piece titled "Wilderness."

“A wilderness…is an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

A Word for “Wilderness” Does Not Exist Here
Jared Diamond
is a professor of geography at UCLA and author of five bestselling books about human societies and human evolution, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel.