348 S. Fifth Street Highlands NC 28741 US

Start date: Tuesday, July 23 2024.


 On Tuesday, July 23, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


Most of us grew up with the classic narrative of the outdoors, that untamed place where brave men go to conquer mountains, jungles and ice flows. But recently, something funny happened on the way to the wilderness: we started to see the outdoors in a whole new way. Not just as the place you go to test your mettle but as a realm that intersects with our lives on multiple levels—a place that’s vital to our physical and mental health. A place we need to save, because it has the power to save us. In this session we’ll explore this fascinating transformation, what’s driving it, and what it means to our outdoor lives. We’ll discover that going outside is not just snowshoes and turkey hunting. It’s about climate change, water rights, Native American perspectives, and the power of history to shape how we see the great outdoors. Our guide on this journey is documentary filmmaker and television executive Michael Rosenfeld, who’s covered the outdoors since his days as a writer and producer at National Geographic. More recently he was the executive producer for the critically acclaimed PBS series America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, which investigates what our outdoor lives are like today. With video clips and vivid stories from the field, this presentation will show you the outdoors through a very different lens.

Presenter: Michael Rosenfeld is an awardwinning producer, writer and television executive with extensive experience in documentary film production and digital media. He has produced and written films on a broad sweep of topics, from anthropology to history to volcanology. Prior to his current role as an executive producer for PBS, he served as president of National Geographic Television and head of television and film at Tangled Bank Studios. In a career spanning network broadcast, cable and public television, he has won numerous awards, including 11 News & Documentary Emmys.

Notes: Cancellation Policy Please let us know immediately if you are unable to attend a class. There is no refund for cancellations within two (2) weeks prior to a scheduled class. Programs that include food, beverage or art materials must be canceled within three (3) weeks prior to receive a refund. CLE reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment has not been met or for circumstances beyond our control, and participants will be notified, a complete refund will be issued. All classes are held in the CLE Lecture Hall at the Peggy Crosby Center unless otherwise noted. In the event information has changed from the published brochure, it will be posted on our website and in our e-blasts. Addresses for “private home” venues will be provided to registrants within 2 days of the program date.

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