SARANAC LAKE - Marianne Patinelli-Dubay will present "From Here to Timbuctoo: The Social and Racial Construction of Wilderness" at noon Jan. 17, in the Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library.
Patinelli-Dubay is an environmental philosopher with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Northern Forest Institute, where she focuses on the regional intersections of nature, culture, science and ethics. She has an Master of Art in Philosophy from Goddard College, 2002, and a PhD in Humanities and Public Policy from Union Institute.
She teaches undergraduate and graduate students at SUNY as well as seminars for government and non-government professionals interested in environmental issues. She conducts seminars in ethics and morality which are designed for prisoner populations in the Adirondacks and she chairs an annual international, interdisciplinary symposium in land use and ethics at the College's Newcomb campus.
The classical wilderness ideal is closely aligned with 19th century American narratives in the written style of Ralph Waldo Emerson and mirrored in the landscape illustrations made popular by the Hudson River School of art. She will consider how an exaggerated devotion to this story of the European American male encounter with wilderness, made popular by Emerson and his contemporaries, has fostered the omission of African American stories from our popular Adirondack narrative.
Those attending are encouraged to bring soup or sandwich and enjoy a dessert and beverage provided by the Refreshments Committee.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-891-4190.