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March 19, 1993

Environmentalist Roderick Nash to Speak at National Gallery April 8

Roderick Nash, renowned American environmentalist, will speak in the East Building Theater of the National Gallery of Art on Thursday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. The event, cosponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, is open to the public free of charge. Those wishing to attend will be able to enter the East Building entrance at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.

Dr. Timothy Wirth, counselor-designate of the State Department and former senator from Colorado, will introduce Nash, who will speak on "The Meaning of Wilderness and the Rights of Nature." Nash is well suited to deliver his message. A national leader in the field of environmental history, management, and education, Nash has a special interest in problems relating to wilderness and its preservation.

Nash, who attended Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin, currently teaches at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Among his 10 books and more than 100 essays, he is perhaps best known for his Wilderness and the American Mind, which has had 25 reprintings. His other publications include The American Environments, The American Culture: The Call of the Wild, Environment and Americans, and The Big Drops: Ten Legendary Rapids of the American West. Nash, a past Lindbergh Fellow, has served on the board of directors of the Yosemite Institute and as a member of the advisory committee to the U.S. National Park Service.

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PR 93-034
ISSN 0731-3527

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