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Activist Julia Hill to Speak on Environmental and Social Justice at FSU

Activist Julia Hill to Speak on Environmental and Social Justice at FSU
Julia Lorraine Butterfly Hill, an environmentalist, poet, writer, educator and speaker, who lived in a redwood tree for two years to save it, will speak at Frostburg State University on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The talk will be presented as a conversation and will be followed by questions from the audience. A book signing will precede the talk.

Hill, founder of the nonprofit organization Circle of Life, earned international fame as an environmental activist by protecting an old-growth forest in Northern California from clear-cutting by a logging company. To prevent the logging, she lived in one of the trees, a 1,000-year-old redwood that was named Luna, for 738 days until an agreement was reached with the Pacific Lumber Company.

Hill speaks regularly on university campuses, has addressed the United Nations and lobbied Congress, and continues to stand on the front lines of environmental and social justice issues all over the world.

Hill is the author of the national best-seller, “The Legacy of Luna,” and the co-author of “One Makes the Difference,” both published by Harper Collins.

Hill was the subject of the 2000 documentary “Butterfly” and is featured in another documentary, “Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance,” both chronicling her time in the redwood tree.

Hill is the youngest person ever elected to the Ecology Hall of Fame and was named by John F. Kennedy Jr. in George magazine as one of the 20 most influential women in politics. She lives in Oakland, Calif.

Hill’s appearance is sponsored by the Office of the President, Student and Educational Services, the University Programming Council and the Learning Green, Living Green Committee. The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event, contact Ann Townsell at 301-687-3171 or For information on the Engage Network, co-founded by Hill, visit

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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