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.
» Saving God's Creation: The Distinctively New England root of Land Conservation—Ronald H. Epp
Fri., Dec. 1; 2–3:30 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.