National Park Service director and acclaimed environmentalist to speak in Clemson
CLEMSON — The Institute for Parks at Clemson University will feature the director of the National Park Service and an acclaimed author and environmentalist as speakers at the 38th annual George B. Hartzog Jr. Lecture at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in Tillman Hall auditorium. Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, and Terry Tempest Williams, author and naturalist, will use the lecture series to discuss issues facing national parks and a vision for the future.
Robert Powell is the George B. Hartzog Jr. Endowed Professor in Philosophy, Parks and Environmental Ethics and also serves as director of Clemson’s Institute for Parks. Powell said the 2016 Hartzog lecture will be a special event due to this year’s National Park Service centennial; the 50th anniversary of Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department; and the caliber of speakers slated to appear.
“With the centennial just a couple of months behind us, this has been an exciting year for professionals in our field,” Powell said. “This is the perfect time to reflect upon the history and role parks play in our lives and how the National Park Service may better serve the public in its second century. To have the National Park Service director and an author of William’s caliber to discuss the past, present and future of parks is very exciting.”
Jarvis has made issues related to relevance and environmental sustainability a priority for the National Park Service since he began his term as its director in September 2009. He has pushed to create policy change that would require park superintendents to make decisions based on sound science, accurate fidelity to the law and long-term public interest.
“This is truly a watershed moment in the history of environmental sustainability, especially related to national and state parks,” Powell said. “We just happen to have two of the greatest minds on these subjects speaking at the same event.”
Jarvis is the 18th director of the National Park Service and has served the park service for nearly four decades. In addition to his work on sustainability policy, Jarvis has worked to bolster educational aspects of parks and programs; engage new generations and audiences; and ensure the welfare of National Park Service employees.
Williams has written extensively about parks and nature, and her work consistently touches on subjects including environmental and social justice issues. Her recently published novel, “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks,” focuses on the past, present and future of national parks.
“I think attendees can expect to gain great insight from this event, but more than anything they’re going to hear from two very impassioned speakers,” Powell said. “[Jarvis and Williams] complement one another well because they share a passion for our national parks, but express it in very different ways.”
The Hartzog Lecture will be open to all audiences, and ClemsonTV will livestream the lecture in its entirety.
The Institute for Parks at Clemson University hosts its annual Hartzog Lecture Series in Tillman Auditorium. The institute also hosts its annual Hartzog Awards Program, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to solving complex issues facing national and international parks.
The Institute for Parks provides a comprehensive program of research, education, training and outreach to enhance the management of the world’s parks and protected areas.