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John Muir in Global Perspective Conference
March 31 - April 1, 2006

University of the Pacific

John Muir in Global Perspective Conference Poster


University of the Pacific's John Muir Center hosted its sixth conference focused on John Muir at the Stockton campus of University of the Pacific on March 31-April 1, 2006.

Conference Presenters

Friday, March 31

Jean Purnell, Assistant Provost and Dean of the University Libraries,
"Welcome to University of the Pacific."

Gary Milller, Dean, College of the Pacific,
"Introduction to the Conference."

William R. Swagerty, Director, John Muir Center
"Introductions"

Dr. Barbara Mossberg,
“Kilts and Lilts, Tights, Tunics, and Togas: Drilling Down to the Roots of John Muir’s Literary Achievements: A Geological and Biological Analysis of John Muir’s Old World Global Education”

Jo Moulin, John Muir Birthplace Trust, Dunbar, Scotland
“The Boy from Dunbar: Celebrating John Muir in His Scottish Birthplace”

Will Collin,
“The Influence of the Writings of Robert Burns on John Muir”
Presentation of the Heraldic Shield of Dunbar to University of the Pacific

Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Robert Righter,
“Hetch Hetchy in International Perspective”
Introduction by Ron Good, Executive Director, Restore Hetch Hetchy

Bruce Hamilton, National Conservation Director, Sierra Club,
"John Muir is Alive and Well and Living in Stockton."

Steve Pauly, Curator,
“John Muir, William Keith, and Joseph LeConte: Early Days in California”
The three Bay area residents began meetings in 1889 that led to formation of the Sierra Club in 1892.
Introduction to the Art Exhibition

Jennifer Phelps, “John Muir’s Influence on the Art of William Keith”

Alfred Harrison, “European Influences on the Art of William Keith”
Introduction by Heidi Donner, Director, Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College

Reception and Art Exhibition Viewing
Music of Louie Strentzel Muir played by Patty Pauly: "Hold the Fort"
Interpretation of William Keith by Steve Pauly
Wine courtesy of Muir-Hanna Winery, Napa

Original William Keith paintings, documents and artifacts loaned by:
Heart Gallery, Saint Mary’s College, Heidi Donner, Director
Bill and Claudia Hanna, Napa, California
Ross and Gladys Hanna, Dixon, California
Steve and Patty Pauly, Penn Valley, California
John LeConte, Agoura Hills, California


Saturday, April 1

Shan Sutton, Head, Holt-Atherton Special Collections
Welcome

Scott Cameron and Ron Knight, Canadian Friends of John Muir
“The Impact of John Muir’s Sojourn in Canada, 1864-1866”

Dr. Bonnie Gisel and Stephen J. Joseph,
“John Muir: The Discovery of His North American Herbarium Specimens: The Search for Alaskan Plants”

Graham White,
“John Muir’s 1893 Return to Scotland”

Luncheon Keynote: Garrett Burke,
“Inspiring Change: Half a Billion California State Quarters Later”
Introduction by Harold Wood

Dr. Mikko Saikku,
“John Muir and Charles Sprague Sargent in Finland and Western Russia”
Introduction by Barbara Mossberg

Harold Wood, Sierra Club John Muir Education Committee
“John Muir in India”

Dr. Michael Branch,
John Muir’s Last Journey: From the Mountains of California to the Two Hot Continents”

Ronald Eber,
“John Muir’s Contribution to Global Conservation”

Lee Stetson,
“John Muir, the Globetrotter,” a special dramatic impersonation


Final reception and book signing

Books with Authors present for books signing included:

Nature Journal with John Muir by Bonnie Johanna Gisel
John Muir's Last Journey by Michael Branch
John Muir: A Naturalist in Southern California by Liz Pomeroy
The Battle for Hetch Hetchy by Robert W. Righter

Exhibitors

Barnes & Noble
Defenders of Wildlife
Environmental Defense - Discover Hetch Hetchy
Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College
Heyday Books
Special Collections, Holt-Atherton Library, University of the Pacific
Poetic Matrix Press
Restore Hetch Hetchy
Sierra Club
Sierra Club John Muir Education Commitee
Donna and Peter Thomas, "Re-Walking Muir's 1868 Trip to Yosemite"


Websites About the Conference:

 

 


Past Conferences

  • 1980 - The University hosted its first John Muir Conference, which are now held about every five years. A monograph series based on the conferences began in 1981 with the publication of The World of John Muir.
  • 1985 - The papers from this conference were published in John Muir: Life and Legacy.
  • 1990 - The publication of conference proceedings continued with the publication of John Muir: Life and Work, by the University of New Mexico Press;.
  • 1996 - a new volume based on the presentations made to the California History Institute in 1996, entitled John Muir in Historical Perspective was published in 1999; Also available are the Abstracts of papers presented at the 1996 John Muir Conference.
  • 2001 John Muir Conference - Abstracts of Papers (Off-site link). Conference proceedings have been published under the title: John Muir: Family, Friends, and Adventures (2005).

Acknowledgments

John Muir in Global Perspective Planning Committee

W. R. Swagerty, Director, John Muir Center
Pearl Piper, John Muir Center (retired)
Shan Sutton, Director, Holt-Atherton Special Collections
Steve Pauly, Penn Valley, California
Patricia Richards, Holt-Atherton Special Collections
Michael Wurtz, Archivist, University of the Pacific
Marilyn Norton, Social Sciences, College of the Pacific
Janene Ford, Special Collections (retired)
Edith Sparks, Department of History
John Phillips, Department of Sociology
Daryl Morrison, Head, Special Collections, University of California, Davis
Harold Wood, Sierra Club John Muir Education Committee

Poster Design and Graphics

Christina Chinn, Department of Art, University of the Pacific

Publicity

Joseph Brennan and Daniele Hagen, Marketing and University Relations
Paula Sheil, The Stockton Record

Catering

Judy Judkins and Felicia Miranda, Bon Appetit

Support of Receptions

Steve and Patty Pauly, Penn Valley, California
Bill and Claudia Hanna, Napa, California
The Muir-Hanna Trust

Loans relating to art exhibition, “Muir, Keith, LeConte”

Tod Ruhstaller, Director, The Haggin Museum of Stockton
Bill and Claudia Hanna, Napa, California
Ross and Gladys Hanna, Dixon, California
Steve and Patty Pauly, Penn Valley, California
John LeConte, Agoura Hills, California
Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga

Staff Assistance

Joyce Gillingwater, Office of the Dean, College of the Pacific
Marilyn Norton, Social Sciences, College of the Pacific
Jonathan Radin and Macus Davenport, Housing, University of the Pacific
Pearl Piper, John Muir Center (retired)
Patricia Richards, Holt-Atherton Special Collections
Margarita Noyola, Jacoby Center, College of the Pacific
Scott Heaton, Director, Physical Plant
Bruce Cone, Duplicating and Printing
Benjamin Odipo and Timothy Johnson, Technology Support, College of the Pacific
Dan Campbell, Instructional Media Services
Jason Velo, Director, Associated Students, University of the Pacific
Leslie Rudbeck, McCaffrey Center
Katherine Reid, John Muir Center
Heather Mellon, Department of History


 

For Further Information

For further information contact the staff at

The John Muir Center for Environmental Studies (official website)
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2527
Fax: (209) 946-2578
E-mail: johnmuir@uop.edu



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