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Posted on February 8, 2016

Films: ‘An American Ascent’ and ‘Love Thy Nature’  Wilderness Education Association conference logo
7 p.m. Feb. 26
Vulcan Theater, Natali Student Center 

Keynote address: John Edward Mills
7:30 p.m. Feb. 27
Convocation Center, South Wing (NEW location!) 

Multiculturalism and nature meet when Cal U hosts the Wilderness Education Association’s 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership Feb. 25-27 in the Convocation Center.

Keynote speaker James Edward Mills, author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, discusses role models who are encouraging minority populations to experience and enjoy the nation’s wilderness areas.

Conference registration is ongoing, with a variety of sessions planned. Cal U students may register at a reduced rate.

Two free events

Two conference events are open to the public, as well as the campus community, free of charge.

Film screenings: The Wilderness Education Association screens two award-winning films Feb. 26 in Vulcan Theatre:

  • An American Ascent, a documentary about the first African-American team of mountain climbers to summit Denali, Alaska’s highest peak. The film was screened in the White House in June. Watch the trailer
  • Love Thy Nature, an exploration of humankind’s relationship with the natural world. The film is narrated by actor Liam Neeson. Watch the trailer

Keynote address: Freelance journalist James Edward Mills uses Expedition Denali as the starting point for a Feb. 27 discussion of how minority populations see their place in wilderness environments. He describes minority explorers and sports enthusiasts whose accomplishments have helped to bridge the “adventure gap,” encouraging others to participate in outdoors experiences that enrich their lives.

Join us

The public is welcome to attend these two free events.

Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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