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Wallace Stegner Center Lecture – Sara Dant

February 16, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West

12:15 – 1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom
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The American West has long been at the center of national debates about the relationship between the environment and the economy. This close examination of the “deep history” of the region reveals how the unique geographies of the West have exerted a powerful influence on the peoples of this region and how those people, in turn, have shaped and adapted this largely arid region over time. As the first people to set foot on the North American continent, westerners constantly innovated. New tools, the advent of agriculture, fire- and irrigation-managed environments, and the development of extensive trade routes were essential to early survival and success in the West and belie the myth of a “pristine” “Edenic” America “discovered” by Europeans. Instead, by the time Europeans finally arrived, Native peoples had flourished in the New World for tens of thousands of years, evolving societies ranging from relatively simple hunting and gathering bands to sophisticated, agricultural, urban metropolises.

This event will be streamed live on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube »

Sara Dant is Professor of History at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, whose work focuses on environmental politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the creation and development of consensus and bi-partisanism. Dr. Dant is the author of several prize-winning articles on western environmental politics and co-author of the two-volume Encyclopedia of American National Parks (2004). An avid outdoor enthusiast and native westerner, Dant divides her time between northern Utah and the Galisteo River Valley outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Listen to two recent interviews with Sara Dant on Oct. 25 and Oct. 12 »

1 hour of CLE (pending).
No registration required.  Free and open to the public.

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.

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February 16, 2017
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States


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