The Lindbergh Foundation Believes that Innovative Science and Technology Hold the Key to Addressing Humanity’s Environmental and Productivity Challenges

Grant Recipient Symposiums

In pursuing its mission to honor Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and further their shared vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation, the Lindbergh Foundation sponsors symposiums and publications related to a technology/nature balance.


"Global Vision - Global Solutions"

In honor of the Lindbergh Foundation's 25th anniversary an educational conference entitled, "Global Vision - Global Solutions," was held at the Initiative Foundation. This two-day conference, sponsored by Minnesota Power was held during the 75th anniversary celebration of Charles Lindbergh's return to his boyhood hometown of Little Falls, Minn in August 2002. The conference was designed for the general public to learn how the Lindberghs' living legacy lives on through the work of the Lindbergh Grant recipients. Thirteen Lindbergh Grant recipients from around the world participated in the program. They explained how their research projects address environmental dilemmas and how they use appropriate technology to solve a variety of global environmental problems. Featured topics included: art, agricultural practices, aviation, protecting our water resources, animal and plant preservation, biomedical research, and recycling.

"In the Lindbergh Spirit: 70th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium"

A five-session symposium featuring Lindbergh Grant recipients was a major part of a celebration of three anniversaries held in Little Falls, Minnesota -- Charles Lindbergh's boyhood hometown -- in August 1997. Sponsored by the Lindbergh Foundation and the Little Falls community and schools, and held under the theme "In the Lindbergh Spirit," the event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Lindbergh Foundation and the 70th anniversaries of Charles Lindbergh's New York-to-Paris flight and return to his hometown.

The grant recipients symposium sessions dealt with five subjects:

"Protection and Restoration of Air, Water, Land and Human Resources;"
"Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture;"
"Medical Discoveries and Health Programs Worldwide;"
"Balance in the Use and Conservation of Natural Resources;" and
"Environmental History and Our Community."

The celebration's four days also included several educational and recreational activities at various Little Falls-area sites, including the Lindbergh House and History Center and Lindbergh State Park; an "Arts Night" and "A Day of Flight" at the county airport; and tree plantings at three elementary schools.

Highlighting the 70th anniversaries celebration were a parade and dinner commemorating similar events that welcomed Charles Lindbergh home in 1927. The world premiere of a commissioned choral work, "View from the Air," with words by Reeve and Charles Lindbergh, and a "Words and Wings" remembrance of her parents by Reeve were features of the dinner program.

Held concurrently with the symposium and anniversaries celebration, with several cooperative activities, was the annual meeting of the C.A.L./N-X-211 (Charles Lindbergh and the "Spirit of St. Louis") Collectors Society.

"On Eagles' Wings: A Lindbergh Educational Celebration"

"On Eagles' Wings: A Lindbergh Educational Celebration," co-sponsored by the community of Little Falls, Minnesota -- Charles Lindbergh's boyhood hometown -- and the Lindbergh Foundation, was held in October of 1994. A four-day educational event specifically directed toward students and teachers, it featured presentations by three Lindbergh Grant recipients to students of all ages, as well as to the community at large. Other highlights of the program included dedications of additions to two schools and the Lindbergh Fresco, presentations concerning Charles Lindbergh's travels in Africa, and a display of Lindbergh memorabilia.

Representing the Lindbergh family at the activities were Reeve Lindbergh -- writer, teacher, daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and President of the Lindbergh Foundation; Erik Lindbergh, son of Jon and grandson of Charles and Anne; and Erik's wife, Mara.

The culmination of the four-day activities featured a raptor release and program by The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota. The release of a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk by Reeve Lindbergh over Flyer Memorial Field, at Little Falls Community High School, was a fitting finale for the Lindbergh Educational Celebration.

"Technology and Nature: Allies or Enemies?"

"Technology and Nature: Allies or Enemies?", an interdisciplinary symposium featuring 15 years of Lindbergh Grants, brought together scientists, scholars, educators, students, and concerned citizens to focus on ways to achieve a technology/nature balance. Held in August of 1992, the symposium events were co-sponsored by the Lindbergh Foundation and the community of Little Falls.

Nineteen Lindbergh Grant recipients, including six 1992 recipients, presented and discussed their Grant projects at the symposium, which consisted of five sessions:

"Conservation: Hanging in the Balance;"
"Harnessing Technology to Promote Sustainable Public Policy;"
"Tribal Wisdom in the 21st Century;"
"Education: Balance from the Beginning;" and
"Technology Competence: Learning and Living in the Global Village."

Featured speakers during the symposium weekend, which also included presentation of the 1992 Lindbergh Grants, were Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, then President of the Lindbergh Foundation, former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and renowned marine scientist; Reeve Lindbergh; and special guest, the Honorable John L. N. Ole Konchellah, distinguished Masai elder and historian from Kenya and friend of Charles Lindbergh. (Mr. Konchellah passed away in Nairobi, Kenya, in the summer of 1993.)

"Visions of a Sustainable World"

In the Fall of 1991, the Foundation co-sponsored a major symposium at the California Institute of Technology entitled, "Visions of a Sustainable World." Objective of the program was the stimulation of broad thinking and intuition concerning how Earth's rapidly growing and changing human population and diverse cultures can approach an equilibrium with its finite environment and resources within a comparatively peaceful world order. For three days, leaders from industry, government and academia examined the idea of sustainability of human activities on Earth and how such sustainability might be approached during the coming century.

"The Pursuit of a Balance"

Jon and Reeve Lindbergh, son and daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and five Lindbergh Grant recipients presented a program entitled "The Pursuit of a Balance" in Little Falls in October 1989. Jon Lindbergh, a leading "fish rancher" and "fish farmer" based in Washington state, opened the program, which was part of a special weekend celebration in his father's boyhood hometown, by calling for "a strong authority to manage the oceans as communal ground." He said the world has been careless with its fisheries and its environment and that "we must become fish farmers, and not be just fish hunters." Following presentations by the five Lindbergh Grant recipients concerning their research and educational work, writer/author Reeve Lindbergh concluded the program with her poem, "View from the Air," illustrated with slides. She wrote in an introduction that the poem "is one I wrote in memory of my father, of the things he said and the things he saw." It is about, she said, "the pilot's vision, and his love of the earth."

Earlier in the day, Reeve Lindbergh and the grant recipients had spoken to students at Little Falls Community High School. Lindbergh told the students that her parents' vision of a balance between technology and nature, which the Lindbergh Foundation works to advance, seeks answers to the question, "How do we keep going without undermining ourselves?".

"The Gift of Balance"

A Lindbergh Foundation-sponsored series of professional presentations and discussions entitled, "The Gift of Balance: Resources for Education and the Community" was held in Princeton, New Jersey, in April 1989. Teachers and other educators, school volunteers, parents and concerned citizens were invited to the program, which featured 10 Lindbergh Grant recipients and other guest speakers. Major emphases of the presentations were science curriculum development for elementary, middle and high school teachers and innovative methods of teaching better balance between technology and nature.

"The Wisdom of Wildness"

"The Wisdom of Wildness: Lessons for the Human Future in a Technological Society" was the theme of a Lindbergh Symposium sponsored by the Lindbergh Foundation in Little Falls in August 1988. Fourteen Lindbergh Grant recipients, including eight 1988 recipients, presented and discussed their Foundation-supported research work. Topics of the symposium's sessions were:

"Viewing Our Planet: The Perspective of Earth From Space and the Human Impact On It;"
"The Public Role: Comprehensive Approaches and Popular Participation in Creating Better
Balance Between Technology and Our Environment;"
"Tradition and Preservation: Protecting the Rights of Indigenous People;" and
"Clean-Up: Coping With the Effects of Unsustainable Development."

Featured speakers during the symposium weekend, which also included presentation of the 1988 Lindbergh Grants, were Reeve Lindbergh, Arctic and Antarctic explorer Will Steger, and T. Willard Hunter, syndicated columnist, orator, and Lindbergh authority.

"Exploring the Human Future: Prospects for a Better Balance"

Thirty-three Lindbergh Grant recipients participated in a symposium conducted by the Foundation in Little Falls in June 1987. Entitled, "Exploring the Human Future: Prospects for a Better Balance," the symposium was also part of a grant recipients reunion marking the 10th Anniversary of the Lindbergh Grants program.

The symposium's five sessions dealt with:

"Cleaning Up the Planet: Creative Solutions and Responsibilities for All;"
"Land Use and Preservation: The Wisdom of Wildness is Heard;"
"Innovative Energy Resources: Something for Everyone;"
"People Adapting: Motivation for Change;" and
"Ocean, Air and Outer Space: Global Commonground for Exploration and Research."

"The Search for Balance"

In early 1986, the Lindbergh Foundation sponsored a symposium on the theme, "The Search For Balance," in Orlando, Florida. The symposium brought together scientists, policymakers, environmentalists, businesspeople and others to explore the delicate linkage between technology and our environment. Each of the presentations sought to explore both scientific research issues and policy issues in an integrated fashion. Within this framework, the symposium was created around four areas:

"Aerospace/Energy/Environment," chaired by Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., Lindbergh Foundation Board member, Lindbergh Award recipient in 1982, and President/Chief Executive Officer, AeroVironment, Inc.;
"The Toxic Waste Dilemma: Current Strategies, Future Issues," chaired by William K. Reilly, President of the Conservation Foundation;
"Biological Diversity and Development," chaired by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Vice President-Science of the World Wildlife Fund; and
"Sea and Space: Frontiers for Exploration," chaired by Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Lindbergh Foundation Board member and Vice Chairman, Deep Ocean Engineering.

Within these subject areas, more than 20 authorities presented papers and answered questions from the audience.

Keynote speaker for the symposium was David McCullough -- author, historian and host of public television's "Smithsonian World." A closing remark by Dr. MacCready reinforced the event's guiding theme. He said, "Make technology the servant, not the master. This is the underlying rationale behind what we're doing today at this symposium."

The proceedings of the symposium were published in the March 1986 issue of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

"Living and Working in Space"

Beginning in 1985, the Foundation, for three consecutive years, co-sponsored "Living and Working in Space" symposiums with the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota. The first, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, featured a number of prominent speakers, including Astronauts Alan Shepard, Donald "Deke" Slayton, and Russell "Rusty" Schweickart. The second, in Washington, D.C., in 1986, included Dr. Thor Heyerdahl, famed anthropologist and explorer and recipient of the 1986 Lindbergh Award; Schweickart; and John Hodge, Acting Associate Administrator for Space Stations at NASA, among its blue-ribbon group of participants. And the third, held in 1987 at the oldest aero club in the world, the Aero Club de France in Paris, featured a distinguished international group of explorers, astronauts, scientists and writers, including veteran ocean explorer Jacques Piccard and Apollo Astronauts Dr. Edgar "Ed" Mitchell and Schweickart.

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