Lunch'n Explore-Fire and Water: The 2011 Pagami Creek Fire in Minnesota History

Lunch'n Explore programs feature presentations by prominent speakers from the area in luncheon talks that include table conversation and opportunities for questions and answers.  Enjoy a good lunch and join in conversation and discussion.

Event SpeakerDr. Mark Neuzil is a professor in the Communication and Journalism department at the University of St. Thomas.  He is a national recognized expert in environmental issues and the author if six books, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning Views on the Mississippi:  The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse.  His latest book, The Environment and the Press:  From Adventure Writing to Advocacy, won the 2009 James Tankard Award for best book in journalism and mass communication.  He is a former U.S. Forest Service licensed guide and Boundary Waters canoe instructor.

Event Details:  Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus, Anderson Student Center, Room 364-365

Event Description: In late summer 2011, lightning struck dry timber near a small waterway in the BWCA several miles east of Ely, Minnesota, called Pagami Creek.  Few had ever heard of it, but in a month, the Pagami Creek Fire became one of the largest forest fires in Minnesota history, costing more than $20 million to fight and burning until the heavy snows fell.  Dr. Neuzil will discuss how the fire ranks in state history, why it burned like it did, and how media coverage affects our understanding of forest fires.

Event Cost:  $25.00 per person; if you require a vegetarian meal, please include a note with your registration form with this request  (Registration closes on October 31, 2012 and payment must be at the Center by this date)

Link to registration form:  Fall 2012 Registration Form

Link to campus map:  St. Paul Campus Map