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LECTURE: Spirit of John Muir, American Naturalist

Class of 1945 Lecture
11/10/2010 - 7:30pm
Statler Hall Auditorium
Lee Stetson
Actor, interpreter, educator

Often called "The Father of our National Parks," wilderness prophet John Muir (1838-1914) is widely regarded as America’s most influential naturalist.
A powerful and poetic writer, he taught the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage, helping to inspire President Theodore Roosevelt's innovative conservation programs, and founding the Sierra Club.    His battles to preserve our remaining wild lands remain today an inspiration for environmental activists everywhere.

Lee Stetson was recently selected by Ken Burns to be the voice of Muir in the critically acclaimed series "Our National Parks: America's Best Idea". Lee's stirring one-man stage productions entirely based on Muir's writings, have been presented in Yosemite National Park - and throughout the world - since 1983.   Exciting and provocative selections from these productions will be followed by Mr. Stetson's observations on his portrayal, and how Muir relates to modern day issues and problems.