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thumb jim-pfitzerAudiences will have a chance to see the personal side of one of the nation’s foremost conservationists through a play and discussions at Tennessee Tech University.

Chattanooga performer and storyteller Jim Pfitzer will bring his one-man play, “Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change,” to TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse and host a film screening and discussion about Leopold, author of the famous essay collection, “Sand County Almanac.”

“For those of us who identify as environmentalists, Leopold is a prophet and a grandfather,” said Andrew Smith, event organizer and faculty head of the Tree House environmental learning village. “His ideas about the ‘land ethic’ and the ‘green fire’ that kindles in our hearts have influenced countless activists.”

Leopold, who died in 1947, was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator and writer. He was influential in the creation of the nation’s first federally designated wilderness area in the Gila National Forest.

In Pfitzer’s play, Leopold returns to the Wisconsin farm where he lived and worked restoring forests and prairies to ponder his legacy 64 years after his death.

Pfitzer will introduce the Cookeville community to Leopold’s story and influence with a screening of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time” and discussion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, also in the Playhouse. The play is set for 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Both events are at TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse.

Pfitzer will also visit Smith’s American literature classes in the Tree House.

“Last summer, theater professor Mark Creter and I saw this play at Bonnaroo, and we looked at each other with the expression that said ‘We need to bring this show to Tech,’” Smith said. “It’s an honor to host Pfitzer and hopefully expose more people to Leopold’s influential and important ideas.”

Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, both events are free and open to the public. The Backdoor Playhouse is in the back of Jere Whitson Memorial Building on TTU’s campus quadrangle.