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The Wilderness Society in the 21st Century: New Concepts of Wilderness, Wildness, Inclusion and Belonging

October 24

Center for the Environment, Room 300

Category: Special Events

drlawrence.pngThe Catawba College Center for the Environment, in partnership with the Catawba College Department of Environment & Sustainability, will sponsor a program dealing with the relationship between people and landscapes, especially between marginalized people and wild places.

The event, "The Wilderness Society in the 21st Century: New Concepts of Wilderness, Wildness, Inclusion and Belonging,” will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Alexandra Sutton Lawrence, Southeast Regional Program Director of The Wilderness Society, as speaker. It will be held in Room 300 at the Center for the Environment. 

Sutton is a graduate of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where her dissertation, “Conservation in the Human Landscape,” analyzed case studies of leadership, management, and finance in global environmental initiatives. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. 

Sutton explained her speech as follows: “I’ll describe the pairing of the work of The Wilderness Society Landscape Initiative (goal: to create a continental analysis of climate-resilient regions and high-biodiversity regions) with that of folks like myself (goal: to build lasting, authentic relationships with African-American, Native-American, Latinx and blended ethnic communities in key regions) --- and talk about how that shapes our vision for wilderness in the 21st Century.” 

For more information, you may contact the Center for the Environment at or call 704-637-4791.

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