This Wallace Stegner Lecture is in conjunction with the 19th Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium – National Parks: Past, Present and Future
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom
The idea of Yellowstone National Park is a moving target. For a variety of reasons (some good and some not so much, some purposeful and some inadvertent) each generation redefines Yellowstone. We have always done this, and if we’re lucky we will get to continue doing it for a long time. Yellowstone invites us on this ambitious, hopeful, and quixotic quest to somehow “get it right.”
Today, now that it’s our turn to be in charge of this wondrous place, we discover that making sense of Yellowstone is a daunting responsibility in ways that the park’s founders barely imagined. Maybe we can’t agree on how to get it right, but we all seem to be mighty sure that there are lots of ways to get it wrong.
Through a combination of historical analysis and personal reflection, Paul Schullery’s Wallace Stegner Lecture, “Past and Future Yellowstones” will explore the ways in which we continue to establish Yellowstone, and will consider both the rewards and the perils of caring for an institution that is as vexing, forgiving, and enduring as this park has proven to be.
Paul Schullery began his conservation career in 1972 as a ranger-naturalist in Yellowstone National Park and has held several other positions in the park, including historian-archivist, chief of cultural resources, and senior editor in the Yellowstone Center for Resources. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books, including Mountain Time (1984); Searching for Yellowstone (1997); Lewis and Clark Among the Grizzlies (2002); Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park (with Lee Whittlesey, 2003); and This High, Wild Country (2010).
For his work as a writer, historian, and conservationist, Paul has received honorary doctorates of letters from Montana State University (1997) and Ohio University (2013); the Wallace Stegner Award from the University of Colorado Center for the American West (1998); a Panda Award from Wildscreen International (2002) for his script for the ABC/PBS film “Yellowstone: America’s Sacred Wilderness”; the Communications Leadership Award (2008) from the U.S. Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee for his “extraordinary work in grizzly bear recovery”; and the Communications Award from the George Wright Society (2011) for his “outstanding contributions to conservation history, national park policy, and the understanding of wildlife.”
Paul was as an advisor and interviewee for the Ken Burns film “The National Parks” (2009). He is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Montana State University Library. Paul is married to the artist Marsha Karle, with whom he has collaborated as author and artist on seven books.
1 hour CLE, email firstname.lastname@example.org