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State of the Rockies Project Speakers Series: Todd Wilkinson


Gates Common Room
third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. (east of Tutt Library) (map)



As part of Colorado College State of the Rockies Project's 2013-14 focus on large landscape conservation, the Project will hold a speakers series throughout the academic year.

Mikhail Gorbachev says that no private citizen in the history of the world has amassed a broader resume as a pathfinding “eco-capitalist-humanitarian” than Ted Turner, the subject of Todd Wilkinson’s provocative new book about the media mogul-turned-“bison baron” and 21st century green crusader.

“Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet” spans the enigmatic arc of Turner’s other and heretofore largely undocumented life. It stretches from Turner’s two million acres of private property, where he’s amassed a herd of 55,000 bison and manages his properties as “arks” for imperiled species, to his unabashed support of the UN and founding of the Nuclear Threat initiative with Sam Nunn to eradicate nuclear weapons and prevent material from falling into the hands of terrorists.

"Last Stand," praised by Tom Brokaw, E.O. Wilson, David Quammen, and Terry Tempest Williams, also delves into deeply personal aspects of Turner’s life that speak to his bold motivation as a plutocrat to give back to society—his troubled relationship with his father and his 10-year marriage to Jane Fonda.  It goes  into aspects of relationships that Turner has not been shared in other books.

Foremost, Ted dismisses the premise that economic prosperity must necessarily come at the expense of the environment. He is considered a model in showing how the triple bottom line really works.

Wilkinson, who makes his home in Bozeman, Mont., has been an environmental journalist for nearly 30 years.  His work is well known to Westerners.

State of the Rockies Project Speakers Series: Todd Wilkinson
Author Todd Wilkinson
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: Colorado College State of the Rockies Project
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