James B. Hunt speaking at UGA Griffin


The University of Georgia Griffin Campus invites you to the Impact Speaker Series featuring author Dr. James B. Hunt.  Spend an hour going back in time as Hunt reflects on legendary American conservationist John Muir and his walk through the south during the Post-Civil War and Reconstruction era of the South.

Hunt will be speaking about his book Restless Fires, Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68 on Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Student Learning Center, Room 104. This engaging program is free and open to the public with a book signing opportunity immediately following the event.

The Impact Speaker Series is a program sponsored by Impact Office Interiors that invites important and influential speakers to discuss issues that impact the local Griffin community.

For more information or to RSVP, please call 770-228-7264 or visit www.griffin.uga.edu.

restless firesAmazon Review of Restless Fires:  Hunt effectively makes the case that Muir, environmentalist and leader of the American conservation movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was profoundly affected by his travels through the Southern United States at the age of 29 in ways that significantly shaped the future direction of his life. Recovered from having been partially blinded in an accident in 1867, Muir abandoned his work as a machinist to walk through the post Civil War South, journeying from Kentucky to Florida. His experiences solidified an emerging bio-centric worldview informed by both his religious heritage, and his new, ecological convictions. For readers with only a vague notion of who Muir was, this volume, even if focused on just a small period in the naturalist’s life, provides a solid overview of his achievements. Hunt also deserves credit for noting that as observant as Muir was of the natural world, many aspects of human society evaded his gaze. For example, he gave cursory attention to human plights to which he bore passing witness and showed little understanding of slavery and race relations in the post Civil War South. Evocative prose (Malaria hung on John Muir like a wet, hot, wool coat) make this book highly readable. –Publishers Weekly (7/9/12)

James B. Hunt is professor emeritus of History at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and cofounder of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. Hunt taught American, Latin American, and World history while at Whitworth. For twenty-five years, he provided faculty leadership to students traveling to Central America for Whitworth s five months study/service program. This led to his compelling interest and writing on the impact of youthful travel on such American leaders as John Quincy Adams, Frederick Douglass, Jane Addams, and John Muir.

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