The Trouble with Wilderness

Quest University Colloquium

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 5:30 pm
Where: Quest University. Multi-Purpose Room, 3200 University Boulevard, Squamish, BC.

Author and naturalist Kem Luther will speak about “The Trouble with Wilderness: Romantic Wildness in a Post-Colonial World”. Current ideas about wilderness lands and wilderness preservation are heavily influenced by nineteenth century romantic notions of nature. Recent discussions of wilderness issues have identified these older ideas of wilderness as a problem to be overcome. The resulting “new wilderness debate” has been vigorous and confrontational. What ideas of wilderness will guide land conservation in the twenty-first century?

At the colloquium, Kem Luther will expand the discussion of this topic in his new book, Boundary Layer.