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Stegner Lecture with Todd Wilkinson – Plutocrats, Friends Or Foes? How Ted Turner Became A Billionaire and Plans To Give It All Away Tackling The Major Environmental Issues Of Our Time

February 25, 2014 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


A Wallace Stegner Center Lecture 

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106
This lecture will explore how Ted Turner, a legendary media mogul and fiscally-conservative businessman known for revolutionizing news is taking his remarkable ability to peer into the future and make capitalism a force for addressing dire environmental challenges facing civilization. Turner is the second largest private property owner in the US, he presides over the largest bison herd (55,000 animals) and is using his land to be “arks” for imperiled species. He also gave a historic $1 billion in support of the United Nations, has joined with Democrats and Republicans in seeking to eliminate nuclear weapons and he is tackling climate change through innovation and trying to raise the quality of life for millions around the around. Much of this is inspired by his tenure in the West.

For nearly 30 years, Todd Wilkinson has been a journalist with assignments that have taken him around the world. He started as a violent crime reporter with the City News Bureau of Chicago but is best known for his work as an environmental journalist, especially his writing about the American West. His latest book on Ted Turner took seven years to write and explores the former media mogul’s profound and lesser-known evolution into a pioneering 21st century “eco-capitalist-humanitarian”.

This lecture will be followed by a book signing by Todd Wilkinson

1 hour CLE, email communications@law.utah.edu

Funding provided by the Cultural Vision Fund.



February 25, 2014
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States