‘Wrenched’ film and panel discussion on Edward Abbey set at ISU Feb. 18

POCATELLO – A showing of the film “Wrenched” and a panel discussion on the legacy of environmental activist Edward Abbey will be held Feb. 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Wood River Room.

Abbey fought for decades to preserve desert habitat in Utah and Arizona. He argued for extreme action, even sabotage, against the forces of development along the Colorado River, especially in what is now the Lake Powell area.

The film “Wrenched,” playing off the title of Abbey’s novel “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” examines the charged legacy of Abbey’s writings and personal life story.

Following the hour-long screening of Wrenched, the following panelists will discuss the efficacy of Abbey’s methods and the challenges of habitat preservation:

• Steven Hall, instructor and academic coach, Student Success Center at ISU
• Donna Lybecker, professor and chair, ISU Department of Political Science
• Cary Myler, private lands biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
• Chuck Trost, professor emeritus of biological sciences at ISU and founder of Portneuf Valley Audubon Society

The discussion will be moderated by Curt Whitaker, professor of English at ISU and Portneuf Valley Audubon Society board member.

This event is co-sponsored by ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy, the English Graduate Student Association, and Portneuf Valley Audubon. Admission is free.