The 2006 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lecture in Forest and Conservation History will be presented by Dr. Char Miller on November 9, 2006 at Duke University. The lecture is entitled “Will the U.S. Forest Service Celebrate a Bicentennial?: The Remarkable History of and Future Challenges Facing a Resource Agency." Dr. Miller will examine the central administrative, legal, and political tensions that the U.S. Forest Service has long confronted, and evaluate the key environmental challenges the agency and the nation will face over the next century. During the 2005 Forest Service centennial, Dr. Miller traveled the nation speaking about Forest Service history. The talk will explore links between the agency's past, present, and future and suggest what this remarkable organization must do to adapt to the immense difficulties that lie ahead.
Char Miller is professor and chair of the history department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is co-author of The Greatest Good: 100 Years of Forestry in America, and editor of Fluid Arguments: Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict and On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio. Miller specializes in American environmental, social, and cultural history. He was named a Piper Professor for teaching excellence in 2002. He has the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. A Senior Fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, he serves on the Editorial Boards of Environmental History, Pacific Historical Review, and the Trinity University Press.
The lecture will be held November 9, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in White Lecture Hall, Duke University East Campus. This lecture is FREE to the public. Parking will be available around the East Campus Quad. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the East Duke Parlors.
This year’s Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History is co-sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment & Earth Sciences, and Duke University’s Department of History.
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