OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Talks, film screening at OSU to honor environmentalist Aldo Leopold on Nov. 14

11/03/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The award-winning new film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” will be screened Monday, Nov. 14, at Oregon State University.

The free, public event will begin at 7 p.m. at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s narrating scholar, conservation biologist Curt Meine of the Leopold Foundation.

“Green Fire” is the first full-length documentary film about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, who is known for his book, “A Sand County Almanac” (1949), which has sold more than 2 million copies. He was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness conservation.

The screening is the concluding event for Aldo Leopold Day, a series of talks and discussions held at the LaSells Stewart Center by scholars and activists inspired by Leopold’s work. Speakers include Kathleen Dean Moore, OSU Distinguished Professor of Philosophy; Michael Nelson, professor and writer on environmental ethics at Michigan State University; Dan Edge, chairman of OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; and Cristina Eisenberg, OSU conservation biologist and author the recent book “The Wolf’s Tooth.”

“We wanted to bring Aldo Leopold’s ideas to more people, and to engage in a deeper exploration of the meaning of his life and work,” said Charles Goodrich, program director of the Spring Creek Project at OSU. 

Aldo Leopold Day is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word; the Horning Endowment in the Humanities; Kathryn and Will Switzer; the OSU College of Forestry; and  OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. For more information: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

The full schedule for the day is:

  • 1 p.m.: “Connecting Conservation Across the Landscape: Green Fire and the Legacy of Aldo Leopold,” Curt Meine, senior fellow, Leopold Foundation and director for conservation biology and history, Center for Humans and Nature.
  • 2 p.m.: “A Fierce Green Fire, Dying,” Cristina Eisenberg (OSU, College of Forestry) on the debates over wolf reintroduction in the Northwest.
  • 3 -5 pm: “Killing as a Conservation Strategy,” a group discussion led by Michael Nelson (Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University), with Edge, Moore and Eisenberg of OSU.
  • 7 p.m.: Film screening of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”