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McAuley Lectures—Fall 2018

The McAuley lectures feature outstanding faculty members from the University of Hartford. The lectures take place once a month at 2 p.m. at McAuley Retirement Community, Asylum Avenue and Steele Road, West Hartford. Visitors should take the Steele Road entrance and park in visitors parking. The lectures are held in the main building, at the foot of the hill.

This Land is Your Land—Ronald Epp

Fri., Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Register online.

Second of three McAuley lectures. Series cost: $20; Fellows: no charge.

Nearly a decade ago, public television showcased a series by photographer Ken Burns, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. This lecture will cover the challenges the new National Park Service faced from 1916–33, from the onset of the Great War through the "roaring Twenties," and the cataclysmic onset of the Great Depression. It will show how NPS directors Stephen T. Mather and Horace Albright expanded the system, while battling others within (and outside) the Interior Department who wanted to permit hunting, grazing, timber cutting, mining, and hydro-power development within the parks— conservative political initiatives that have been pursued by the new Trump administration.

Yet it is the American people who enabled the rapid success of this new model of land development for public benefit. Not only did the NPS promote its scenic and historic landscapes through innovative strategies, it also recognized the implications of accelerated tourist travel by automobile to a widening number of national parks. But would the success of the national parks movement be undermined by the economics of the Great Depression?

Ronald H. Epp, PhD is a philosopher, historian, biographer, and academic librarian. He has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Memphis, and the University of Hartford before becoming its director of Libraries (1993–2001). Epp is a founding member of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors. He served as a consultant to America’s Best Idea: The National Parks, the Ken Burns PBS documentary. His Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr was published last year. Since then, Epp has delivered more than two dozen talks on conservation, most recently to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Oceans in Crisis-Stephan Bullard

Fri., Dec. 7; 2 p.m.

Last of three McAuley lectures. Series cost: $20; Fellows: no charge. Register online.

As human populations grow and the environmental impacts of society increase, the oceans suffer significantly. Yet, the damage caused to the seas is often hidden below the surface. Many parts of the ocean “look fine,” but are in fact in rapid decline. This lecture will explore some of the larger impacts affecting the world’s oceans, such as overfishing and marine pollution.

Stephan Bullard, PhD, is a marine biologist and an associate professor of biology in Hillyer College. He teaches all aspects of biology, and has a particular interest in environmental studies and the science of disasters. His research concerns invasive species, particularly sea squirts, and plankton, and is currently centered on Long Island Sound. His publications include work on ascidians and bryozoans, crabs, and plankton.