UCSB’s Arts & Lectures is celebrating the National Parks centennial with myriad related events listed below. For more information, call 893-3535 or see artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: Ken Burns’s six-episode documentary series will screen for free over two days at the Granada Theatre. Get there early for a chance to win prizes and check out some special attractions.
• Saturday, September 24
The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890), noon
The Last Refuge (1890-1915), 2 p.m.
The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919), 4 p.m.
• Sunday, September 25
Going Home (1920-1933), noon
Great Nature (1933-1945), 2 p.m.
The Morning of Creation (1946-1980), 4 p.m.
Ken Burns: The documentarian will give a special presentation titled The National Parks: A Treasure House of Nature’s Superlatives.
• Sunday, October 2, noon, at the Granada Theatre
Q.T. Luong: Over the past 20 years, the photographer made more than 300 trips to National Parks to capture all 59 in large-format pictures, which he has compiled into a book called Treasured Lands.
• Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., at Campbell Hall
Dayton Duncan: Writer/producer of the Emmy Award–winning documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea will give a talk titled Lands for the Public: The Evolution of the Nation Park Idea.
• Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m., at Campbell Hall
Douglas Brinkley: The CNN News history commentator, professor at Rice University, and conservation spokesperson will give a talk on Presidents and the National Parks: From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama.
• Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m., at Campbell Hall
Terry Tempest Williams: The conservationist and author will discuss her 2015 book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.
• Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m., at Campbell Hall