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Duncaster Lectures—Fall 2017

As part of the University’s continuing cooperation with the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, monthly lectures are offered on the Duncaster campus, 40 Loeffler Road in Bloomfield. Each lecture begins at 4:45 p.m. and is followed by a light buffet reception, providing an opportunity to talk informally with the speaker and mingle with other participants.
»   Saving God’s Creation: The Distinctively New England Roots of Land Conservatio—Ronald H. Epp
           Tues., Dec. 5; 4:45–6:15 p.m.
In 2016, the centennials of the National Park Service and Acadia National Park were celebrated. Understated were the contributions of New England residents to the public land conservation movement that originated within its geographical boundaries. Industrialization, deforestation, urbanization, population growth, and transportation innovations factored into the late 19th century movement to protect open—and sometimes wild—landscapes. Emerson, Thoreau, Marsh, Cole, Church, Olmsted, Eliot, Pinchot, Roosevelt, and Rockefeller are prominent pioneers of what later became environmentalism. This lecture will explore the genesis of what we too frequently take for granted when visiting the diverse sanctuaries, parks, land trusts, and open spaces so readily available in the land of steady habits.
Note: Epp will present this lecture twice: on Dec. 1 at McCauley, and on Dec. 5 at Duncaster.