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Dr. Terry Beers

Dr. Terry Beers

  • Professor of English at Santa Clara University
  • Director of the California Legacy project
Dr. David Beesley

Dr. David Beesley

  • Professor of History Emeritus, Sierra College
  • Author of Crow’s Range: An Environmental History of the Sierra Nevada
Frank DeCourten

Frank DeCourten

  • Professor of Earth Science, Sierra College NCC
  • Author of six books, including Dinosaurs of Utah
  • Citizen of the Year 2005, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
  • 19 technical publications in geology and paleontology
Dr. Patrick Ettinger

Dr. Patrick Ettinger

  • Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento
  • Co-Director, Capital Campus Oral History Program
  • Author of Imaginary Lines: Border Enforcement and the Origins of Undocumented Immigration, 1882-1930 (University of Texas Press, 2009)
Tom Killion

Tom Killion

  • Artist and Author (his web site)
  • Author and Illustrator of The High Sierra of California and Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, Prose, and Prints(both in association with Pulitzer Prize recipient Gary Snyder)
Tom Knudson

Tom Knudson

  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient
  • Reporter for the Sacramento Bee
  • Author of the newspaper series “Majesty and Tragedy: The Sierra in Peril,” for which he won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Gary Kurutz

Gary Kurutz

  • Director of Special Collections,California State Library, Sacramento
  • Has written extensively on the California Gold Rush and California Culture
  • Executive Director of the California State Library Foundation
  • Previous positions held:
    • Head Librarian, Sutro Library
    • Library Director, California Historical Society
    • Bibliographer of Western Americana at the Henry E. Huntington Library
    • Head of the publication program of the Book Club of California 1987-2008
Scott Lankford

Scott Lankford

  • Author of Tahoe Beneath the Surface, co-published by Heyday And Sierra College Press (2010)
  • Member of the 1985 American Everest West Ridge Expedition
  • Ph.D. in modern thought and literature at Stanford with a dissertation on John Muir. 
  • Professor of English at Foothill College, he has also served as Foothill’s Dean of Language Arts and Co-director of the Foothill College Cultural Diversity Center.
  • Currently, Co-director of the Foothill College Center for a Sustainable Future
John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

  • Associate of the California Academy of Sciences
  • Author and illustrator of Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide and The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada; The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, The Laws Sketchbook for Nature Journaling, The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis

  • Director, Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office
  • Worked three years in the Louisiana State Film Office
  • M.F.A. from UCLA School of Film and Television
  • Documentarian, recipient of awards from National Educational Film and Video Festival, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the people who award “The Golden Globes”)
Malcolm Margolin

Malcolm Margolin

  • Founder of Heyday Books
  • An expert on Native California
  • 2008 recipient of the prestigious Hubert Howe Bancroft Award from the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library in recognition of “significant achievements in support of historical research and scholarship”
Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin

  • Sierra Nevada weather and cultural historian (his web site)
  • Recipient of the Nevada State Press Association Award on five occasions for his newspaper column
Bruce Pierini

Bruce Pierini

  • Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Sierra College and Sacramento City College
  • Teaches courses in Native California and Native North America at Sierra NCC
  • Author, The Italians of Sacramento: Family, Culture and Community (1991)
  • Served 6 years at SCC Co-Director of Staff Development for faculty lecture series, conferences and visiting scholars; served as Co-Director Sacramento Ethnic Survey Project (California Council for the Humanities)
  • Past frequent contributor to Sacramento Bee Forum section on history and urban development
Stan Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Science fiction author, winner of 11 major science fiction awards
  • Guest author in UC Davis Writing Ambassadors Program
  • 2008 Time Hero of the Environment
  • Ph.D. in Literature, University of California-San Diego, 1982
  • Humanism, utopia, environmentalism, transcendentalism are major themes in his writings
jesikah maria ross

jesikah maria ross

  • Co-founder and Director, Art of Regional Change at UC Davis
  • Community media developer
  • Award-winning documentary film producer
  • Co-producer of the award-winning Saving the Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action public radio and web project
Mike Sanford

Michael Sanford

  • Vice-President of Content Creation for KVIE - PBS Channel 6 in Sacramento
  • More than 25 years of experience in television news, programming, and production
  • In addition to many KVIE productions, Michael has also produced segments for CNN, the Discovery Channel, and the Travel Channel.
Lee Stetson

Lee Stetson

  • Actor best known for his recreation of John Muir (his web site)
  • Author of The Wild Muir
  • Original member of the Board of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • Mariposa County Supervisor
Catherine Stifter

Catherine Stifter

  • Two-time Peabody Award recipient
  • Co-producer of the award-winning Saving the Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action public radio and web project
Rene Yung

René Yung

  • Artistic and Project Director of Chinese Whispers – a project to examine the lives and experiences of the Chinese in the Sierra Nevada region.
  • Member of the faculty at City College of San Francisco and owner of Rene Yung Communications Design.
  • Artistic and Project Director of Our Oakland: Eastside Stories.
  • Multidisciplinary artist with record of national and international exhibitions, including the 46th Venice Biennale (1995).
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