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McAuley Lectures—Spring 2018

The McAuley lectures feature outstanding faculty members from the University of Hartford. The lectures take place once a month at 2 p.m. at McAuley Retirement Community, Asylum Avenue and Steele Road, West Hartford. Visitors should take the Steele Road entrance and park in visitors parking. The lectures are held in the main building, at the foot of the hill.
Cost: $15; Fellows, no charge.

Common Lands, Uncommon People

Ron Epp
Thurs., May 3; 2–3:30 p.m.; McAuley Retirement Community
Cost: $15; Fellows, No charge; Register online.

While colonial and 19th-century New England towns developed regulations limiting the use of fields, streams, marshes, forests, meadows and other natural resources, nature conservation took a new turn as the 20th-century approached. Against the forces of the  Industrialized Age, the agents who tamed and exploited the physical environment were challenged by Progressive-era figures like Theodore Roosevelt. After centuries of prioritizing private ownership and the profitable use of the nation's resources, conservation was emerging as a social movement grounded in the experiences and traditions of 19th-century rural America. Before environmental policy could be structured by state and federal organizations, land that would be held in common had to be identified and fiercely represented by persistent and strong willed uncommon women and men. This lecture will address the accomplishments of 20th-century pioneers and their impact on New England. 

RONALD H. EPP, PhD is a philosopher, historian, biographer, and academic librarian. He has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Memphis, and the University of Hartford before becoming its director of Libraries (1993-2001). Epp is a founding member of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors. He served as a consultant to America’s Best Idea: The National Parks, the Ken Burns PBS documentary. His Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr was published last year. Since then Epp has delivered more than two dozen talks on conservation, most recently to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Note: Tuition and fees are non-refundable.