Redlands Forum

Educational and Cultural Series

The Redlands Forum, sponsored by Esri and the University of Redlands Town & Gown, offers educational and cultural programs on a variety of topics for free or at nominal cost. Presenters include government and business leaders, environmentalists, filmmakers, and performers.

Upcoming Events

The Case for Conservation Optimism

Thursday, April 19th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sean Gerrity is the Founder and Managing Director of American Prairie Reserve. Sean will describe his organization’s on-going and successful project to create the largest wildlife reserve ever assembled in the lower forty-eight states.

When complete the American Prairie Reserve (APR) will be comprised of five thousand square miles, roughly the size of Connecticut, a million acres larger than Yellowstone Park, and equivalent in size to Africa’s Serengeti. While the Golden Age of National park and reserve building in the U.S. lasted roughly eighty years from 1870 and to the 1950’s, the long hiatus may be over in the U.S and around the world due to a new approach that centers on innovative public private partnerships. Sean will tell the story of APR’s entrepreneurial beginnings and rapid progress over the seventeen years since its inception. He will explain from his first-hand experience how private entities and governments can combine resources---without relying on taxpayer dollars—to create spectacularly large conservation successes that both preserve nature and wildlife and provide myriad social, psychological and aesthetic benefits for future generations of people.

Due to considerable interest in the Forum, we have now closed registration for the event, as we are at full capacity.

Mohonk Mountain House: 150 Years of Stewardship and Service

Wednesday, April 25th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join fifth-generation family members, Tom Smiley, co-vice president and director of properties, Eric Gullickson (whose great-great-grand uncle purchased the property in 1869), co-vice president and general manager, and Robyn Gullickson, entertainment director, as they share the history, values, and vision that has contributed to the creation of the Mohonk Mountain House.

Drawing on historic images and family stories, they will provide a deeper insight into the foundations of this national historic landmark, as well as the vision that is propelling Mohonk into the future

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Our Towns

Wednesday, May 16th | 8 pm at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel

Jim & Deb Fallows return to Redlands as a stop on their national book tour for their new book OUR TOWNS: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. Moderated by A.K. Smiley Library Director Emeritus Dr. Larry Burgess with an introduction by Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond, hear firsthand about the journey California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. describes as, “In the tradition of John Steinbeck and Studs Terkel, the Fallows have crisscrossed the country in search of the extraordinary strength and character of ordinary people and places. What they’ve found—in towns we know and others off the beaten path—should give us all great hope for the future.”

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