Redlands Forum

Monty Hempel

Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands

5:30–6:30 p.m. | Wednesday, May 30 | Register

Distinguished University of Redlands Professor Lamont (Monty) C. Hempel will explore the promise and limitations of sustainability as a means for achieving a more green, profitable and fair society. A sustainable community is one that integrates the goals of economic vitality, environmental quality and social equity. Sustainability can be thought of as a community's collective bequest: what we leave future generations in the way of healthy ecosystems, strong economies, art and challenges worthy of a highly educated society. Mr. Hempel will examine the challenges that Redlands faces in achieving greater sustainability.

Monty Hempel is Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands. His teaching, research and public service interests focus on environmental science and politics, sustainability concepts and practice, climate disruption and marine environmental studies with particular emphasis on international coral reef protection.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Where Activism Gets Inspired

7–10 p.m. | Friday, April 27 | Register

The SYRCL's (South Yuba River Citizens League) will bring its Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Redlands. The third annual event returns with another incredible selection of films. The festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and encourage solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities. The audience can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

This year's selections will take you to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. It will introduce you to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations. The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

Click here to view film descriptions.

The Tramp and the Roughrider

5:30–6:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 5 | Register
Lee Stetson and Alan Sutterfield

The next Redlands Forum features the amazing show entitled The Tramp and the Roughrider. In May of 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt, planning a tour of the western forests, invited the naturalist John Muir to a four-day camping trip in the Yosemite wilderness. The Tramp and the Roughrider illuminates this extraordinary encounter, with the action unfolding at sunset on Glacier Point, overlooking the magnificent Yosemite Valley. You’ll experience how these very different men slowly discover that they both have been shaped by the wilderness they love, opening up the rich possibilities of "doing some forest good."

Don’t miss this performance featuring Lee Stetson as John Muir and Alan Sutterfield as President Roosevelt.

Going With the Flow: A River-Centric View of Our Changing Planet

5:30–6:30 p.m. | Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Register
Max Holmes, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center

Max Holmes will suggest that rivers provide powerful insights into our changing planet. He will discuss how in the same way human health can be evaluated by analyzing blood chemistry, so too can watershed health be assessed by monitoring the characteristics of river water. Using photographs, video, and maps, Mr. Holmes will draw on examples from the tropics to the Arctic, including his work on the world's greatest rivers such as the Amazon, Congo, and Kolyma. Much of this work is motivated by a desire to understand the causes and consequences of global climate change. In particular, Holmes will emphasize the implications of permafrost thaw in the Arctic and deforestation in the tropics.

Understanding the Civil War: 1862 and the Book of Murder

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 | Register 
Larry Burgess, director of A.K. Smiley Public Library

The year 2012 marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, one of the seminal events in US history, forever changing the nation. Dr. Larry Burgess, Director of A.K. Smiley Public Library, which includes the renowned Lincoln Memorial Shrine, will provide a compelling Civil War narrative focused on the year 1862 and the consequences of the carnage of war. The title of the talk, "1862: The Book of Murder," is taken from a phrase in the 1866 book, The Fighting Quakers, which is a record of two Quaker brothers who fought in the Union Army; one was killed in battle and the other died in prison. Their lives mirror that of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers—young men in their prime—who bravely fought and served their country during this tumultuous time. It also parallels what Lincoln confronted in the same timeframe: a low point in the war when the fate of the nation stood hanging in the balance.

Finding the Right Balance: Preserving Culture While Transforming Society

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2011 | 
Dr. Jeffrey H. Altschul    Register 

The loss of cultural heritage is often viewed as a necessary consequence of economic and social development. Most countries try to balance economic development with cultural heritage preservation. Yet the pace of modernization in developing countries puts this balance in favor of economic interests.

In this lecture, Dr. Jeffrey H. Altschul will explore these issues through the lens of one country: Mongolia. The country is relying on the development of its rich mineral resources to fuel economic growth. It is also committed to preserving its cultural heritage. In 2010, the Mongolian International Heritage Team was awarded a contract by Oyu Tolgoi LLC, a large Mongolian mining venture, to design a cultural heritage plan (CHP) for the South Gobi. In addition to tangible resources, the CHP is about people and empowering local communities to identify those aspects of culture that are important to them and finding ways to preserve them. In this forum, you’ll see a real-world example of how both economic and cultural interests can find a mutually beneficial balance.


Saving Life, Saving Ourselves

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Thursday, Jan. 12

Peter H. Raven | Register to attend  

President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University

Raven, a leading botanist and conservationist, will discuss the state of the environment today including biodiversity loss and what we can do about it.

In the 1960s, Raven realized that the rapid growth of the human population, increasing consumption, and the spread of polluting technologies were threatening biological diversity to an unprecedented degree. He soon became an outspoken advocate for conservation throughout the world, working to attain sustainability and social justice everywhere. TIME magazine described him as a "Hero for the Planet."

In 2001, Raven received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States. He has been president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he served for 12 years as Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences.

Raven has written numerous books and is coeditor of the Flora of China, a joint Chinese-American international project that is leading to a contemporary, 50-volume account on all the plants of China. It is scheduled for completion in 2012.

The Return of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"

5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 | Esri Conference Center | 380 New York St.

December’s Redlands Forum once again features a very special production: Back by popular demand, Truman Capote’s "A Christmas Memory" will be performed by Chris Beach and Sally Norton. The evening is a wonderful event for the whole family, with live music, live sound effects, and heartfelt storytelling.

Set in rural Alabama during the Depression, "A Christmas Memory" recalls Capote’s unique boyhood friendship with his elder cousin Miss Sook Faulk. The unlikely duo would scrape together pennies and bake fruitcakes to create presents they could mail to acquaintances around the world. The memory of that friendship - depicted in this live reader’s performance - celebrates the power of love between generations and the spirit of giving.

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Examining the Redlands Emerald Necklace

5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 | Esri Conference Center | 380 New York St.

The next Redlands Forum examines the Emerald Necklace now and in the future. It premiers a new Peter Coonradt film short about one of the Emerald Necklace jewels, the San Timoteo Canyon Nature Sanctuary. In addition to the film viewing, Pete Dangermond, author of the original Redlands Open Space Plan; Peter Coonradt; and Sherli Leonard, executive director of the Redlands Conservancy, will answer questions and speak in person about these precious resources.

Twenty-five years ago, Redlands locals wanted to preserve the city's remaining natural and agricultural open spaces. This led to the creation of the 1987 Open Space Plan, also known as the Emerald Necklace Plan. Through the years, the city and organizations have worked to protect land specifically designated for the Emerald Necklace. Attendees to this event will learn more about the questions below:

  • Where does the plan stand now?
  • How does the city benefit today from protected areas? 
  • When will the necklace be completed?

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Building Community: For Democracy, Well-Being and Happiness

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 | Memorial Chapel | University of Redlands

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Former presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has spent much of his life crusading against the wrong-doings he witnessed in American society. He has fostered positive change through decades of writing, public speaking, and activism. Now he has focused his passion on building the strength of local communities.

In this interactive program, Mr. Nader, along with his sister and social scientist Claire Nader, will look what defines “community” and why it is important. Starting at the global level, both will discuss the pace of change and the issue of apathy in the world, in the United States, and in our local communities. They will offer concrete examples of how to build better community, including those they have implemented in their hometown of Winchester, Conn. They will also discuss the most important concept to developing community: civic motivation.

Redlands Forum offers educational and cultural programs through a partnership of Esri, the University of Redlands and the University of Redlands Town & Gown.



Technology and Training Visionary Shares Success Story

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011  

The Redlands Forum returns with Mr. Rajendra S. Pawar, Chairman and Co-founder of the NIIT Group.

Pawar is a pioneer in the IT revolution that has transformed the country of India. He built a massive computer training and educational network that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people acquiring new job skills. This has impacted almost every village town in the country.

Pawar’s vision to create a way for people to invest in their own future has changed aspirations and capabilities of an entire nation. His success offers a true lesson in how technology learning can transform an entire economy and society.

The next Redlands Forum will feature former presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader discussing  "Building Community: For Democracy, Well-Being and Happiness" at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29. 2011.

Redlands Forum offers educational and cultural programs through a partnership of Esri, the University of Redlands and the University of Redlands Town & Gown.


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