Richard Walker, author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area

The History Museum
May 8, 2013
6:00 pm – Reception with refreshments
6:30 pm – Lecture

The Museums of Los Gatos presents a history:inFOCUS lecture  Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00pm at the History Museum of Los Gatos, 75 Church Street.

The lecture features UC Berkeley professor and author Richard Walker in conversation with Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Reed Holderman.

Professor Walker and Holderman will discuss Walker’s 2010 book, The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area and the history of environmentalism in the Bay Area. Despite a population of 7 million people, the San Francisco Bay Area is more greensward than asphalt jungle, more open space than hardscape. The Country in the City tells the story of how the complex geography of this greenbelt has been preserved and created over time.

RICHARD WALKER is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975-2012.  He has mentored well over one hundred doctoral students and continues to serve on graduate committees across several disciplines.  He taught some 10,000 undergraduates during his career and was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award by the university.

Professor Walker has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, with scores of published articles to his credit.   He is co-author of The Capitalist Imperative(1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004) and The Country in the City (2007)

Reed Holderman joined Sempervirens Fund in 2009 after spending 11 years as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of The Trust for Public Land’s 6-state Western Region. Reed was also the President of Coast Dairies and Land Company and served as the California Speaker’s appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board. Reed worked at the California Coastal Conservancy for 14 years directing their natural resource program. Reed has an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

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