Kennedy History Pub
“Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas: Environmentalism and Oregon”
- Kennedy School Theater |
- Monday, April 30, 2012
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- All ages welcome
The April Pub will include a showing of the film Liberty & Wilderness, a William O. Douglas film project, and discussions by researchers Adam Sowards and John Concillo. William O. Douglas was the longest serving Supreme Court Justice in US history. Appointed by Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 he is he 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. Douglas also found time to author over 30 books in his lifetime. His career spanned events from the Great Depression to Watergate and was as controversial as it was prolific, four marriages and four impeachment attempts, also both records attest to that. Praise and criticism were constant companions to his work.
About the Speakers
John Concillo is producer of Liberty & Wilderness, a William O. Douglas film project, working in association with the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.
Adam 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.
About Kennedy History Pub
Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.Map & Directions