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2022 John Muir Symposium

New Perspectives on Peoples and Parks


University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA,
April 23, 2022

This year's symposium explores Muir's world in the context of his influence on creation of parks and other natural areas. We are especially interested in the speakers' and audience's contribution to the current discussion on Muir and race, as well as the questions: for whom were parks created and who has had open access to "America's Best Idea?"

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Schedule, Saturday, April 23, 2022

8 a.m. Check in 8:45 a.m. — Welcome

9 a.m. Carolyn Finney, (off-site link) an independent scholar and author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, will talk about this theme as well as her current research on Muir's 1867-68 trip through the post-Civil War South.

10 a.m. Daniel Henry, (off-site link) author and teacher will speak about his book, Across the Shaman's River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North, which is about Muir's relation with the native peoples of Alaska.

11 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m. Clifford Trafzer, (off-site link) distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at UC Riverside, will speak about his recent research on Muir and Native Californians.

11:55 a.m. Kayleigh Guyon, University of the Pacific student, will present her research on Muir and food.

12:15 p.m. Lunch: Students from John Muir's World class will present poster session on their research, environmental organizations will be represented, and independent Muir scholar books and wares will be available.

1:45 p.m. Yenyen Chan, (off-site link) Yosemite National Park ranger/interpreter, will provide an overview on the Chinese experience in Yosemite history.

2:40 p.m. Panel moderated by University of the Pacific curator Lisa Cooperman, will focus on how Muir is being reconsidered at Muir-related sites.

John Muir National Historic Site (off-site link) (Kelli English)
Sierra Club (off-site link) (Dan Chu)
Yosemite National Park (off-site link) (Yenyen Chan)
University of the Pacific Muir collections (off-site link) (Mike Wurtz)

4:30 p.m. Reception at the Library's Muir Experience

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