Talk by Jay Leutze, author of “Stand Up That Mountain”

  • on 11 Feb 2013
  • Gailor Auditorium
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Jay Leutze (right), a non-practicing attorney, is the author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, which was published in June 2012. The book chronicles Leutze’s work with a small Appalachian community in North Carolina to stop mountaintop mining along the Appalachian Trail. These unlikely activists, known as the “Dog Town Bunch," fought a mining company against great odds.

Leutze is a dynamic speaker and passionate activist. The story of Stand Up That Mountain is inspiring on its own, but Leutze also connects his experience to greater themes of activism, community building, governance and policy.

Leutze’s presentation will include a musical component in which he is accompanied by singer-songwriter David Ray, who currently serves as the Southern Appalachian Field Director for the Open Space Institute in Asheville, N.C. Ray also spent five years as the N.C. Mountains Program Director for The Nature Conservancy.

Jay Erskine Leutze was born in Virginia in 1964. He now lives in the Southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation’s most established land trusts.

All are welcome to attend this lecture on a topic of local interest and timeliness. The event is sponsored by the Policy & Change Living Learning Community, the Environmental Studies Department and Sustain Sewanee. Photo by David Ray.