About the Film
The film Wrenched captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness – the spirit of the West.
After the film, KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher will moderate a rousing discussion with Patrick Shea, Legal Counsel for environmental activist Tim DeChristopher and former director of the Bureau of Land Management, Kim Crumbo, Director of Conservation for the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council and Dr. Sara Dant, professor of History at Weber State University and expert on environmental history of the West.
art of the Reimagine Western Landscapes Symposium presented in partnership with University of Utah College of Humanities and Utah Open Lands.
Patrick A. Shea is the principal of Patrick A. Shea, P.C., a firm specializing in business, development, government, and environmental law. Patrick holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard. His career includes both public and private legal experience in Salt Lake City, UT and Washington, DC. In 1997, President Clinton named him National Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of the Interior. In 1999, he was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals. Patrick also represents the University of Utah’s Department of Physics in implementing an international high-energy particle physics experiment, and is an Adjunct Professor of agronomy at Kansas State University with a particular focus on native grasses. Shea represented, with Ron Yengich and Elizabeth Hunt, Tim DeChristopher the University of Utah climate activist who in 2008 disrupted a Bureau of Land Management, oil and gas auction by out bidding all of the oil and gas representatives.
Sara Dant is Professor of History, Weber State University, whose work focuses on environmental politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the creation and development of consensus and bipartisanism. Professor Dant teaches lower-division courses in American History, and upper-division courses on the American West and US Environmental History, as well as Historical Methods and the Senior Seminar.
Kim Crumbo currently serves as Western conservation Director for Wildlands Network and as Director of Conservation for the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. Kim served 20 years with the National Park Service in Grand Canyon as the river ranger and later as Wilderness Coordinator. Kim worked as professional river guide for 10 years and two years as the Utah Wilderness Coordinator for the Sierra Club. Before his experience on rivers and in wilderness activism, he spent four years with the Navy’s SEAL Team One completing two combat deployments to Vietnam. Kim received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Utah State University, with postgraduate work in outdoor recreation. In 1999, Kim received the National Park Service’s “Director’s Wilderness Management and Stewardship Award.” In 1999 The Wilderness Society presented him with “Environmental Heroes Award.”