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Prof. Char Miller Interviewed on PBS's "American Masters: John Muir in the New World"

Char Miller, Director and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College, served as a historical consultant and on-camera interviewee for tonight’s PBS program “American Masters: John Muir in the New World.” The program premiers tonight and and also plays April 21 in the Los Angeles area on KOCE at 9 p.m. You can also watch it online on

The profile of the Sierra Club founder features readings from his journals and articles; remarks from environmental historians, scholars. Working on the program, Miller says, gave him “a renewed appreciation for Muir's paradoxical passions.”

“He crafted a rich poetic language by which we have learned to appreciate wilderness, to accept its systemic integrity; at the same time, his rhetoric deliberately barred some people from the very landscape he believed would set others free.”

To read more about Miller’s views on more Muir and Muir’s ties to Southern California visit, read Miller’s April 13 piece on the KCET website SoCalFocus.