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Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty

Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty

DATE: Wednesday, April 12 2023
TIME: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm MST
LOCATION: College of Law
COST: Free and open to the public.

“Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty”
Film Screening and Q&A with filmmaker John de Graaf

This event is in-person only.


The Stegner Center and Department of Communication have partnered to present a screening of John De Graaf’s documentary: STEWART UDALL: THE POLITICS OF BEAUTY. The new 78-minute documentary celebrates the life and legacy of former Interior Secretary Stewart L. Udall, arguably the most effective environmentalist in American history. He fought tirelessly for the protection of our planet and its natural beauty and was the first public official to speak out about global warming!

STEWART UDALL: THE POLITICS OF BEAUTY chronicles Udall’s World War II experiences, his days as a star basketball player for the University of Arizona, his efforts to end Jim Crow policies at the University and later, in the National Park Service, his election to Congress and his decade as Interior Secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, during which he helped create dozens of National Parks, Monuments, Historical Sites and Wildlife Refuges.

He pushed legislation through Congress mandating clean air and water, wilderness preservation, pesticide restrictions, strip-mining reclamation,, and the establishment of Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails systems, while supporting greater self-determination by Native Americans. The film explores the hard choices Udall had to make regarding both the Vietnam War and plans to dam the Grand Canyon, which he stopped.

This ground-breaking film goes beyond Udall’s accomplishments to explore the values that motivated him, especially his concern for beauty and balance.


This event is sponsored by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Wallace Stegner Center, the University of Utah Department of Communication, the Communication Institute, the Sustainability Office, the Taft-Nicolson Center and the University of Utah Environmental Humanities Department.



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