Venue/Location: Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Phone: 503-249-3983
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012 - 7:00 PM
William O. Douglas: Conservation and the Right to Be Let Alone
Presented by John Concillo and Adam Sowards
Admission: Free to the public
William O. Douglas was the longest serving Supreme Court Justice in US history. Appointed by Franklin Roosevelt in 1939, he is the only justice ever to serve from the Pacific Northwest. Douglas was a beacon for the preservation of wild places and individual freedom, by word and by example. The answer to society’s problems is more freedom, not less. This was the message he gave in countless speeches to citizens, not just the legal and academic world. A New Deal insider and poker buddy of FDR, he was seriously considered as his Vice Presidential running mate.
This month's presenteres are John Concillo and Adam Sowards. Concillo is producer of Liberty & Wilderness, a William O. Douglas film project, working in association with the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. Sowards is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Idaho. In 2009, the Oregon State University Press published his second book, The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation. This month's History Pub will include a showing of Liberty & Wilderness and discussions by both researchers.