In August 2011, the Center hosted it inaugural Chairman’s Circle luncheon, featuring renowned historian Dr. Douglas Brinkley. Dr. Brinkley has published extensively on American environmental history, including the widely-acclaimed “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” and the recently-published “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960.” He has written about American leaders such as Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Henry Ford, and conducted oral histories of Neil Armstrong, Stuart Udall and others. Dr. Brinkley spent two days interviewing Bill Ruckelshaus, as a part of his upcoming book on 1960s-70s environmental policy, to create an oral history of Bill’s life and remarkable contributions to public service, corporate leadership, and collaborative policy.
The luncheon immediately followed the interviews. Dr. Brinkley discussed his body of work. He and Bill shared their reflections on the oral history, and answered questions from the audience. Over 100 people attended, including the presidents of both universities, the oral history sponsors (Meridian Institute, Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, and TVW), table sponsors (Green Diamond Resource Company, Madrona Venture Group, and Puget Sound Energy), many members of the inaugural Chairman’s Circle, Advisory Board members, and other distinguished guests.