‘Little Grand Canyon’ explored in TROY lecture series

Posted: Monday, 14 February 2011

TROY—A well-known environmental historian from Colorado will discuss the formation of Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” and how people have used it.

Dr. Paul Sutter, an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the editor of “Environmental History and the American South: A Reader.” He has authored two books: “Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement” (2002), and “The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach” (with Leon Neel and Albert Way, 2010).

“Dr. Sutter studies the relationship between the people and the earth, nature and wilderness,” said Dr. Elizabeth Blum, a professor of history who coordinates the annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture In Southern History. “He has done a lot of work in southern environmental history. He’s one of the pioneers in that field.”

Sponsored by the Department of History and honor society Phi Alpha Theta, the lecture is at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Claudia Crosby Theater. Admission is free and the lecture is open to all.

The McPherson-Mitchell Lecture series focuses on southern history and honors two retired members of the Department of History: Dr. Milton McPherson, who taught at TROY from 1968 to 1989, and Dr. Norma Taylor Mitchell, who taught at TROY from 1970 to 1999.

The “Little Grand Canyon of Georgia” is located at Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, Ga.