Pete and Lynne Simpson

Peter K. “Pete” Simpson is a Cody, Wyoming native who attended the Cody schools and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He served in the US Navy and afterwards took a master’s degree in history from UW and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He served as Assistant to the President of Casper College…

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Annette de Stecher

Annette de Stecher is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado University Boulder. She received her doctorate from Carleton University, where she also taught, and held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Laval University. Her areas of expertise include Indigenous art histories, material culture research, and museum and curatorial studies. Annette’s…

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Joanne Belknap

Joanne Belknap received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1986. She is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado and has served as President of the American Society of Criminology. She is primarily interested in the trajectory of trauma to offending, and has numerous scholarly publications, most of…

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Jody Beck

Jody Beck teaches landscape architecture and directs the PhD program in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, John Nolen and the Metropolitan Landscape focused on the politics underlying this John Nolen’s work. His article, “Food and Form-of-Life:…

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Joel Hartter

Joel Hartter is associate professor in the Environmental Studies Program and the faculty director for the Masters of the Environment professional graduate degree program at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research broadly focuses on human-environment interactions working landscapes and public lands of the American West, as well as protected area landscapes in Africa. Joel…

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Myron Gutmann

Dr. Myron Gutmann is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, leading NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. Dr. Gutmann spearheaded NSF’s initiative to improve access to publications and…

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Nicholas Villanueva

Nicholas (Nick) Villanueva is a lecturer of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Villanueva is a first generation college student originally from Gary, Indiana, and grew up in the Chicago metro area. Villanueva earned his Ph.D. in History with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity in 20th Century U.S., from Vanderbilt University,…

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Peter McGraw

Dr. Peter McGraw is not your typical b-school professor. Though he possesses the pedigree of a serious academic, he has an adventurous side that is evident in his approach to scholarship and life. McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral economics. His…

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Taylor Jaworski

Taylor Jaworski is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Faculty Research Fellow in Development of the American Economy program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research and teaching interests are in US economic history. His current research focuses on the role of federal, state, and local government policy in regional development over the…

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Alan and Ann Simpson

After being admitted to the Wyoming Bar and the United States District Court in 1958, and serving for a short time as a Wyoming assistant attorney general, Alan K. Simpson joined his father, Milward L. Simpson, and later Charles G. Kepler, in the law firm of Simpson, Kepler and Simpson in his hometown of Cody….

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William “Bro” Adams

President Barack Obama appointed William D. Adams the 10th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in July 2014. Shortly after arriving at NEH, Adams launched an agency-wide initiative titled “The Common Good: the Humanities in the Public Square.” The initiative seeks to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to the life of the…

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Camille Paige

Camille Paige is a Colorado native who has been working in Emergency Medicine since graduating from CU Boulder. While at CU, she studied Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, and was a Center of the American West certificate student. During her undergrad years she volunteered as a founding member and leader with the Honors Residential…

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Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown University and editor of Dissent magazine. He is the author of six books and the editor of three. His most recent book is War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918, published in January 2017 by Simon and Schuster. His other books include American Dreamers:…

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Tom Clark

Tom Clark is nationally recognized as an innovator in metropolitan regional economic development. His career stretches from 1979 when he managed the Commercial and Industrial Development for the Illinois of Commerce and Community Affairs. Clark has been in Colorado since 1982 working for Metro Denver, Boulder, Jefferson County, and Fort Collins. He has been involved in…

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Samantha Armstrong

Sam currently works in corporate strategy for Summit Utilities in Littleton, CO where she focuses on business development, M&A, and natural gas trends. She developed an interest in non-profit boards when she completed the El Pomar Fellowship in Colorado Springs, CO, which is a two-year professional and leadership development program. She has also previously worked…

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Howard Boigon

Howard Boigon is a partner in the Denver office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. His practice focuses on transactional, regulatory, and business matters in energy and natural resources law and policy. He has represented operators, local governments, landowners and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he served as general counsel to two…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a Professor of History. Click Here to read Patty’s full bio. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Pete Morton

Pete Morton is a consulting economist based in Boulder, Colorado. He has a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, a Masters of Forestry with an emphasis on quantitative modeling, and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics. Both his Masters and PhD were earned from Colorado State University. Pete has 20 years of professional work experience…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a Professor of History. Click Here to read Patty’s full bio. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a Professor of History. Click Here to read Patty’s full bio. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Josh Boissevain

Josh Boissevain is a third-year law student at the University of Denver. Having grown up on a small farm on the Front Range, Josh reluctantly left the West to join the Peace Corps where he spent almost four years teaching English and journalism in Moldova. He took a small detour to work as a Prague-based…

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Ron Sinton

Ron Sinton was born in Denver, with Colorado roots going back to the 1880s. With a life-long interest in nature, Ron gravitated towards studies in renewable energy while keeping a practical bent by studying Engineering Physics at CU Boulder. The B.S. from CU led to a PhD in solar electricity from Stanford in 1987. Ron…

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Hal Osteen

Hal Osteen received his B.A. from the University of Colorado. The Colorado Migrant Council, Wazee Center Project, Catalyst Complex Inc., the Department of Experimental Studies at Metro State College, and Lopez Linguistics of Mexico were some of Osteen’s social and educational activities. Osteen Explosives, The Timbermill, The Sign Butler, and Hoshi Motors were business interests…

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Midge Korczak

Midge Korczak received her BA and MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After spending 10 years abroad working in education, she was hired as the​ first Executive Director of the ​Boulder County Bar Association.   Education was her major interest, instituting education opportunities in the press, the schools and on the radio. Upon retirement, she…

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Albert Hand

Albert Hand describes himself as a “failed historian” who wound up practicing corporate law on Wall Street for 35 years. A 1962 graduate of Princeton, he entered Harvard’s Ph.D. program in History but transferred to its Law School after earning a Master’s Degree. He never, however, lost his love for history, and when he and…

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Charlotte Roderique

Charlotte Roderique is a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe. She has worked and been involved with tribal issues, tribal causes, and tribal government for 49 years. Her education began at Chemawa Indian School, public school, and culminated with graduation from Chilocco Indian School, Chilocco, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, she entered a college…

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Ian Frazier

Ian Frazier was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1951, the oldest of five children, and grew up in the small town of Hudson, about twenty miles south of Cleveland. Ian left Hudson for Harvard in 1969. In college, he accomplished little besides fooling around on the Harvard Lampoon, the college humor magazine, but that little…

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Cora Frazier

Cora Frazier has been writing humor pieces for the “Shouts & Murmurs” section of The New Yorker and the online “Daily Shouts” since 2012. She has also contributed to the “Talk of the Town” section of The New Yorker. Her comedy pieces have also appeared in n+1 and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She was a guest writer during Season 38 of Saturday Night Live for the Justin…

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Shane Mauss

Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up’ at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan.   Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special…

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Peter McGraw

Dr. Peter McGraw is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral economics. McGraw’s research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion, and choice, with a focus on consumer behavior and public policy–from how the government is botching anti-terror policy to why couples overspend on their nuptials. Most recently, he has become a leading…

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Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he directs the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab). His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and in numerous other publications. Bradley is the author or editor of five books, including Book…

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Robert Westbrook

Robert Westbrook grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. Educated at Yale and Stanford, he taught American history at Scripps College and Yale before moving to the University of Rochester, where he has been a member of the history department for over thirty years. He is currently Joseph F. Cunningham Professor there. His books include John…

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Frank Hannigan

Frank Hannigan is a research assistant at the Center of the American West. He is a junior at CU majoring in Political Science, with plans to move on to law school after his expected graduation in Spring, 2018. While he is originally from the east coast, having lived in North Carolina, Connecticut, New York, and…

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Shane Mauss

Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up’ at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan.   Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special…

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Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he directs the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab). His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and in numerous other publications. Bradley is the author or editor of five books, including Book…

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Peter McGraw

Dr. Peter McGraw is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral economics. McGraw’s research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion, and choice, with a focus on consumer behavior and public policy–from how the government is botching anti-terror policy to why couples overspend on their nuptials. Most recently, he has become a leading…

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Corey Nichols

Corey is a Student Assistant at the Center of the American West. He is currently studying International Affairs with a minor in Geography. Before attending the University, Corey was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His hobbies are hiking, skiing, and exploring the beautiful landscapes the West has to offer.

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Greg Moore

Gregory L. Moore was editor of The Denver Post from June 2002 until leaving the newspaper April 1, 2016. He joined The Post after 16 years at The Boston Globe, where he was managing editor for 8 years. Under his leadership, The Denver Post won four consecutive Pulitzer Prizes–the 2013 Pulitzer for Breaking News, the 2012 Pulitzer for Feature Photography, the 2011 Pulitzer for Editorial Cartooning, and…

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Troy Eid

Troy A. Eid is a principal shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Denver office and co-chairs the firm’s American Indian Law Practice Group. He focuses his litigation practice on environmental enforcement, investigations and compliance, energy and natural resource development, and Federal Indian law and Native American and Alaska Native tribal law. The former United States Attorney for the…

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Katie King

As a National Board Certified social studies/history teacher and self-proclaimed “Conservator of Effective Citizenship,” Katie King has more than a decade of experiences in middle and high school classrooms in Colorado and Washington. Preparing her students to be productive and informed citizens constitutes the foundation of her instructional philosophy, and inspires her daily lesson planning…

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Ron Stewart

Ronald (Ron) Stewart worked in the newspaper business for more than 40 years at newspapers in California, Colorado, Oregon and Nevada. Recently, he has taken up writing fiction, and published his first novel, about early life in the Sand Hills of western Nebraska, in 2015. He happily lives in Boulder with his partner, Becky Roser.

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David Skaggs

David Skaggs is a lawyer with Dentons US LLP, where he leads the legal team challenging the constitutionality of the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights. He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq and the U. S. Association of Former Members of Congress. He is co-Chairman of the Board…

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Kathleen Kambic

Kathleen Kambic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses around marginalized urban spaces, water quantity and quality in cities, and accessibility of water infrastructure to citizens through the lenses of landscape theory, political ecology, and intersectionality. Kathleen has most recently contributed a chapter…

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Bob Mankoff

In 1974, Bob Mankoff began creating original cartoons and submitting them to magazines around New York City. In 1977, he sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker, and within three years he became a regular contributor to the magazine. In 1991, he started The Cartoon Bank, a business devoted to licensing cartoons for use…

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Clint Carroll

Clint is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and his research explores the intersection of indigenous governance and indigenous environmental perspectives in settler state contexts. He studies the ability of indigenous nations to assert sovereignty over their lands and the extent to which this enables the perpetuation of unique ecological knowledges and practices. This overall…

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Timothy Egan

You have placed on permanent record an extraordinary set of portraits of Western people who have encountered opportunity and loss, promise and disappointment, exhilaration and anguish, and still stayed on the trail with resilience and spirit. Your perfectly matched gifts—selecting individuals you know will be worthy of our attention, and capturing the intensity, meaning, energy,…

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Lynn Ross-Bryant

Lynn Ross-Bryant grew up in the West (Reno, Nevada) and received her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a major in philosophy and religion. She traveled “East” to attend the University of Chicago, where she focused on religion and culture studies and received her Ph.D. in religion and literature in 1973. After teaching…

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Taylor Brorby

Taylor Brorby received his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in 2013, and is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. He is a fellow at the Black Earth Institute. Taylor’s work has appeared in Orion Magazine, Rock, Paper, Scissors, The Englewood Review of Books, the Northern Plains…

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Pam Houston

Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published by W.W. Norton in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton….

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Ariela Sroloff

Ariela is a Student Assistant at the Center of the American West. She is currently a Sophomore studying Operations Management at the Leeds School of Business. Apart from working at the Center, Ariela loves to travel and attend as many live music shows as possible.

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Alfonso Galindo

Alfonso Galindo is a videographer for the Center of the American West. He is a Denver native and is a freshman planning on majoring in Film Studies and Sociology. He has aspirations to be a filmmaker and travel the world someday. His hobbies include hiking, listening to music, exercising, writing, and watching movies.

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Nikolay Anishchenko

Nikolay Anishchenko is a videographer for the Center of the American West. As a freshman majoring in film studies, he aspires to one day become a Hollywood director. Born in Russia, he moved here at a young age and has lived in Georgia, Texas, and California before settling in Colorado. Nikolay is involved in a…

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JoAnn Silverstein

JoAnn Silverstein is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, and former Director of the Program in Environmental Design, and the Residential Academic Program, Sustainable by Design. She has a BA in Psychology (Stanford University), BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the…

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Paul Larmer

Paul Stanley Larmer is the executive director and publisher of High Country News, an award-winning non-profit that has reported the stories that shape the American West for 45 years. Paul’s journalism career started as an editorial intern at HCN in 1984. After earning a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Policy at the University of Michigan,…

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Teresa Coons

Teresa Coons is the Executive Director for the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado. She works with volunteers and staff to “create enthusiasm and excitement for math and science”. Her undergraduate degree is from Colorado State University in physical sciences, and she holds a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of New…

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Howard Boigon

Howard Boigon is a partner in the Denver office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. His practice focuses on transactional, regulatory, and business matters in energy and natural resources law and policy. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he served as general counsel to two Denver-based exploration and production companies. He has served as president…

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Will Wilson

William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wilson created The Critical Indigenous Exchange because he was impatient with…

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Rocky Mountain Rescue

“You’ll do what you think you want to do,” one of Wallace Stegner’s characters remarked, “or what you think you ought to do. If you’re very lucky, . . . the two will coincide.” When the members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group learn that a fellow human being is in distress, what Westerners want…

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Rocky Mountain Rescue

“You’ll do what you think you want to do,” one of Wallace Stegner’s characters remarked, “or what you think you ought to do. If you’re very lucky, . . . the two will coincide.” When the members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group learn that a fellow human being is in distress, what Westerners want…

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Shemin Ge

Shemin Ge received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and joined the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at CU in 1993. She is a hydrogeologist interested in studying groundwater physics, particularly how groundwater is related to energy transport and rock deformation in subsurface. Here are a few example topics of her…

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Dr. Matthew Cotton

Dr. Matthew Cotton

Matthew Cotton is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research at the University of East Anglia….

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Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and a Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University where he has been since 1977. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Ph.D. in Civil…

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Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet

Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet

Jacquet’s work has analyzed community effects from hydraulic fracturing in states across the United States. From 2005-2008, he was the social impact analyst for Sublette County, Wyoming, and has since performed research and outreach for Cornell University, Penn State, Headwaters Economics, and more. Recently, he presented his research to the National Academy of Sciences and…

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Joni Palmer

joni palmer, PhD, ASLA, is a landscape architect, planner and urban|cultural geographer who works in the realms of landscape studies, public arts, cultural planning and visual representations. She is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico. Her current projects include: a book on public art…

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Andrew Smith

Andrew is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts at the University of Montana. His short film Career Opportunities in Poetry, has screened widely at national film festivals. He recently produced another short, Fire Season, He lives in Missoula, with his wife Courtney Saunders and two daughters, Matilde and Elodie. THE BROTHERS SMITH…

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Alex Smith

Alex teaches Filmmaking at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the Creative Director of the non-profit University of Texas Film Institute, where he produced Dance with the One, starring Gabe Luna (Matador), which premiered in main competition at SXSW, and was made entirely by students but mentored by film industry professionals. THE BROTHERS…

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Howie Movshovitz

Howie Movshovitz is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Film in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. He was film critic at Colorado Public Radio for many years, and is now film critic at KUNC. He has contributed features on film subjects to National Public Radio news programs since 1987….

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Jonathan Hughes

PhD–University of California at Davis MS–Cornell University BS–Duke University Jonathan Hughes, PhD, University of California at Davis, is an assistant professor with research interests in energy, environmental economics and empirical industrial organization. His current research focuses on gasoline markets, the land use aspects of biofuel production, and climate change policy in the transportation sector.

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Steven Leigh

A biological anthropologist, Leigh’s research focuses on human biology and evolution, examining anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. His research has substantially altered the view of the evolution of human growth, especially our understanding of the brain growth in human evolution. More recently, his research has concentrated on understanding the roles of microbes that co-reside with humans,…

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Cecilia Pang

Associate Professor and Head of BFA in Performance, CU faculty member since 2003. According to Cecilia, “My research/creative work philosophy is rooted first and foremost in my passion for making art. I want to keep my art vital by exploring creative new form and content and by venturing into unconquered territories; to take the road…

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Scott Ortman

My research focuses on historical anthropology, or the integration of theory and Professor Ortman’s research focuses on historical anthropology, or the integration of theory and data from many fields to understand the long-term histories of indigenous peoples. He is especially interested in the causes and consequences of major transitions – periods when new societies formed,…

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Helmut Muller-Sievers

Helmut Muller-Sievers (MA in German and Latin Literature, FU Berlin 1985, Ph.D. in German and the Humanities, Stanford 1990) is Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts and Professor of German. His work is concerned with the interrelations of literature, science, philosophy, and with the history of philology and interpretation. He is the…

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Teresa Coons

Teresa Coons

Teresa Coons is currently the Executive Director for the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado, where she works with volunteers and staff to “create enthusiasm and excitement for math and science.” She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in physical sciences and a PhD in immunology from the University of…

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Craig Rasmuson

Craig Rasmuson

Chief Operating Officer: Synergy Resources Corporation Mr. Rasmuson joined Synergy in September 2008. His duties vary from overseeing the daily drilling and completion operations to organizing all field operations. Mr. Rasmuson also coordinates all state and municipal permitting for Synergy Resources operations. He represents Synergy Resources in various capacities such as City and Town Council…

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Melanie Yazzie

In the spring of 2014, Melanie was fortunate to sit in on meetings convened with the assistance of the Center of the American West. These meetings included a range of scholars discussing the controversial photographs of Aby Warburg and their impact on Native Peoples. It is at educational moments like this when we cross the…

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Brooke Neely

Brooke Neely is a Research Fellow at the Center of the American West. She works on a range of applied research and outreach projects at the Center that focus on applied history, community engagement, and diversity/inclusion in the American West. These include 1) a partnership with the National Park Service that seeks to enhance the…

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Jeannie Thompson

Jeannie Thompson is a past Chair of the Board of the CU Foundation and is on several UCB Advisory Boards. Along with husband Jack, she served as the volunteer co-chair of the recent “Creating Futures” fundraising campaign for the university. Most recently, she was a senior consultant in outplacement with Lee Hecht Harrison in Denver…

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Jonathan Nelson

Jonathan Nelson originally hails from Portland, Oregon, however it wasn’t until moving to Colorado and completing coursework for the Center’s Western American Studies certificate that he came to appreciate what it means to be a citizen of the West. In addition to being a graduate of the Center’s certificate program, Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree…

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Connie Rogers

Connie Rogers advises companies in project development, litigation, and transactions, primarily on federal public lands and Indian lands, with particular emphasis on compliance with federal land management statutes, the National Environmental Policy Act, species protection statutes, federal Indian law and cultural resource and religious freedom concerns, and state and local permits. Prior to resuming her…

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Dan Omasta

Dan Omasta graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 with a degree in Political Science focused on Environmental Policy and Land Management. At the same time, he also left the Center of the American West with a Certificate in Western American Studies. Dan has recently returned from New Zealand, where he worked with a…

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Pete Morton

Pete Morton, PhD is a consulting economist based in Boulder, Colorado who works with the Conservation Economics Institute – a non-profit think tank. For many years he was the Director of Economic Research at The Wilderness Society where in addition to research he supervised a team of economists. Dr. Morton has presented the results of…

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Debra Higley

Debra Higley

Dr. Debra Higley is a research geologist that has been with the U.S. Geological Survey for 31 years. The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize the loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy and mineral resources; and enhance and protect…

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David Baumgarten

David Baumgarten

David Baumgarten has been the County Attorney for Gunnison County since 1989. He has primary responsibility to provide legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners, and to be the liaison with the community, federal, state and local governments, extractive, recreation, development and environmental interests. David also is a Commissioner on the Colorado Water Quality…

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Gary Graham

Gary Graham

Dr. Graham joined WRA in November 2009. He has been the Executive Director of Audubon Colorado, and Director as well as Chief of the Endangered Resources Branch of the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Gary was a project manager of the Texas Watchable Wildlife Project for Defenders of Wildlife and an…

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Mike Paules

Mike Paules

Mike Paules, has nearly 30 years of experience in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry as an employee of and consultant to major and large independent companies. His previous positions include serving as an exploration geologist, hydro geologist, environmental coordinator, environmental project manager, and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) manager. He assumed his…

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Matt Lepore

Matt Lepore

Matt is the Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates oil and gas exploration and production in the State. Immediately prior to joining the Department in August 2012, Matt was a member of the law firm Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., where his practice focused on oil and gas regulatory matters, enforcement…

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Garry Kaufman

Garry Kaufman

Garry Kaufman is the Deputy Director of the Air Pollution Control Division and manages the Planning and Policy Program within the Division. Garry has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the past eleven years in variety of different roles. Garry began his career with the State of Colorado at the…

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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim Martin joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. as senior counsel in June of 2013. Prior to that Jim was most recently the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region VIII. This position entrusted Jim with the ultimate responsibility for all federal environmental laws in six western states and in 26 Indian reservations. Previously, Jim was the Executive…

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John Adgate

John Adgate

John Adgate is the SRN Health Effects Team Leader. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the Colorado School of Public Health. His research interests include; exposure assessment, risk assessment and environmental health policy, children’s exposure to pesticides, asthma and allergen sampling, air pollution exposure analysis (VOCs and…

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Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

Dr. Joseph Ryan is a professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993. At the University, he is also affiliated with the undergraduate Environmental Engineering program in the College…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a Professor of History. Click Here to read Patty’s full bio. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Will Fleckenstein

Will Fleckenstein

Dr. William Fleckenstein, PE, is the Interim Department Head and BP Adjunct Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and teaches graduate courses in Drilling, Completions and Workovers, with special emphasis on shale and other unconventional reservoirs. Dr. Fleckenstein is the Director of PERFORM, dedicated to developing new technologies, and is the…

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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim Martin joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. as senior counsel in June of 2013. Prior to that Jim was most recently the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region VIII. This position entrusted Jim with the ultimate responsibility for all federal environmental laws in six western states and in 26 Indian reservations. Previously, Jim was the Executive…

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Tim Wirth

Tim Wirth

Timothy E. Wirth is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. Wirth previously served as the UN Foundation’s President from its founding in 1997 until his transition to Vice Chair in 2013. The UN Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund, were founded in…

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Josh Joswick

Josh Joswick

As a private citizen, Josh Joswick, a three term La Plata County commissioner and a community organizer for San Juan Citizens Alliance and Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project, Josh has been actively involved in oil and gas development issues as they affect our people, air, land and water, for more than 25 years. This…

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Barbara Green

Barbara Green

Barbara Green is a partner in the law firm Sullivan Green Seavy, LLC where she practices environmental law and land use law. She represents clients in matters involving land use, oil and gas development, mining, water development, water quality, and low-level radioactive waste. Barbara represents local governments in state and federal court cases challenging local…

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Norman Warpinski

Norman Warpinski

Norm Warpinski is a Halliburton Fellow at Pinnacle – A Halliburton Service in Houston, Texas, where he works on the development of new tools and analyses for hydraulic fracture mapping, reservoir monitoring, hydraulic fracture design and analysis, and integrated monitoring solutions for reservoir development. He joined Pinnacle in 2005 after previously working as a Senior…

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson is a shareholder with the law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck and Tooley, P.C. with offices in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Ms. Watson has more than 30 years of legal and policy experience in the fields of conventional and renewable energy, mining, natural resources and federal environmental law. As Assistant Secretary for Land…

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Pete Morton

Pete Morton

Pete Morton is a consulting economist based in Boulder, Colorado. He has a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, a Masters of Forestry with an emphasis on quantitative modeling, and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics. Both his Masters and PhD were earned from Colorado State University. Pete has 20 years of professional work experience…

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Roger Fragua

Roger Fragua

Roger Fragua (Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico) has dedicated his professional career to the advancement and development of American Indian communities. Roger is currently the President of Cota Holdings, LLC, whose mission is to support Tribal community and economic development in the energy and telecommunication sectors. Cota is currently engaged with several Tribal development projects as…

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Howard Boigon

Howard Boigon

Howard Boigon is a partner in the Denver office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. His practice focuses on transactional, regulatory, and business matters in energy and natural resources law and policy. He has represented operators, local governments, landowners and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he served as general counsel to two…

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Robert Martin

Robert Martin

Robert J. Martin is an enrolled member of the Makah Indian Tribe in the State of Washington. Academically trained with a law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington D.C.; he has over thirty years of professional experience in the fields of tribal, energy and environmental affairs. He has represented the…

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Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Congresswoman Diana DeGette

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is serving her 9th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado, and is Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Caucus. As a senior member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, she fights for effective energy legislation, advocating for a balanced approach that protects our health,…

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Will Fleckenstein

Will Fleckenstein

Dr. William Fleckenstein, PE, is the Interim Department Head and BP Adjunct Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and teaches graduate courses in Drilling, Completions and Workovers, with special emphasis on shale and other unconventional reservoirs. Dr Fleckenstein is the Director of PERFORM, dedicated to developing new technologies, and is the…

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George King

George King

George E. King is a registered professional engineer in multiple states with 42 years industry experience with most aspects of completion, well construction and well failure analysis. His work has focused on unconventional formations, sand control, perforating, fracturing, and well construction risk analysis. He holds degrees in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University, as well as…

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Matt Sura

Matt Sura

Matt Sura is an attorney specializing in the representation of land owners, mineral owners, and local governments in their negotiations and legal disputes with the oil and gas industry. For 17 years, Matt has organized Colorado communities directly affected by rampant oil and gas development and worked for oil and gas regulatory reform. Click Here…

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Pamela Beardsley

Pam Beardsley joined the Center of the American West Board of Directors following the death of her husband, George, board member since 2008. Pam has served on numerous non-profit boards with a strong personal interest in education programs and strategic planning. The Center’s commitment to the close study of issues of statewide concern, its ability…

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Christopher Whitney

Chris Whitney is the Colorado Brand Commissioner, a position that he assumed in 2011. In that capacity, he leads the Brand Inspection Division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The Division’s purpose is to protect the livestock industry from loss by theft or straying, provide accurate tracking of livestock movements for use in disease traceability,…

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Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart devotes her teaching and scholarship to legal ethics, employment discrimination, civil procedure and constitutional law. She has been teaching at the University of Colorado Law School since 2000 and has been the Director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law since 2010. A 1995 graduate of Harvard…

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Chris Cantrell

Chris Cantrell, is a Tech II for the Center of the American West, where he manages the donor database and assists with website updates. Though born in Oklahoma, Chris moved to Colorado as a toddler and has loved growing up in this beautiful state. Taking advantage of the beautiful scenery, Chris enjoys hiking, disc golfing,…

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Elliot West

With a degree of success unparalleled in the enterprise of Western American history, you have provided Westerners with their most effective – and entrancing and engaging – remedy for the affliction of amnesia. In archives everywhere, you have sought out the words of the people of the Western past, performing as a one-person “search and…

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Ann Alexander Pritzlaff

Ann A. Pritzlaff serves as a Preservation and Policy Consultant working on historic preservation, public lands, heritage education and tourism outreach and policy. Particular areas of expertise include heritage tourism, working with elected officials and advocacy and coordinating educational events. Ms. Pritzlaff produced and coordinated the Saving Places Conference, an event widely recognized as the…

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Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003. He spent nearly eight years at City Hall before he became governor of Colorado in 2011. Hickenlooper and his team at the state Capitol are working hard to restore faith in good government and leading…

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Jana Milford

Jana Milford

Jana Milford’s research addresses technical, legal and policy aspects of air pollution. Her primary technical focus is modeling the chemistry and transport of ozone, secondary organic aerosols, and other photochemical air pollutants. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Reagan Waskom

Reagan Waskom

Reagan Waskom currently serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Institute and Director of the Colorado State University Water Center. Dr. Waskom is a member of the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences with a joint appointment to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU, where he has worked on various water…

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Gabrielle Pétron

Gabrielle Pétron

Gabrielle Pétron is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth Systems Research Laboratory Associate Scientist. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.  

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Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

Dr. Joseph Ryan is a professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993.  At the University, he is also affiliated with the undergraduate Environmental Engineering program in the College…

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Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman is the Regional Director for Environmental Defense Fund’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Boulder, Colorado. He joined the organization in May of 2006, after serving ten years in the Colorado General Assembly. Dan leads the organization’s efforts to protect land, water, and wildlife in the interior West. Click Here to listen to the…

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Charles Davis

Charles Davis

Charles Davis is a Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University. His teaching and research interests include energy and public lands policymaking. He is the editor of Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics as well as recent articles on fracking politics appearing in the Review of Policy Research and Policy Sciences. Click Here to…

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Kirby Wynn

Kirby Wynn

Kirby Wynn is Garfield County’s Oil and Gas Liaison. In that role, he works with residents, industry and government agencies to address questions and concerns related to energy development activity in Garfield County. Topics he addresses range from odor, traffic, noise, and water quality concerns to oil and gas permitting. Most of the quality of…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a Professor of History. Click Here to read Patty’s full bio. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts. Patty Limericks’ PowerPoint can be found here.

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Bernie Goldstein

Bernie Goldstein

Bernard D. Goldstein, MD, is an Emeritus Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Nick Flores

Nick Flores

Nicholas Flores has a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He is a Professor at CU Boulder and his primary research area is environmental economics. In particular, Professor Flores works on the development and refinement of methodologies for eliciting environmental preferences. Click Here to listen to the FrackingSense series podcasts.

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Susan Tierney

Susan Tierney

Sue Tierney, a Managing Principal at Analysis Group in Boston, is an expert on energy economics, regulation and policy, with a focus on the electric and gas industries.  She consults to businesses, government agencies, non-profits, Indian tribes, and others. She previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. DOE, and held various…

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Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas’ work over the past sixteen years has focused on advancing conservation and sustainable communities in the United States and globally. The principal of Sarah Thomas Consulting, LLC, she combines a strong technical background in environmental policy with practical experience in the philanthropic, non-profit, and academic sectors. As a consultant, Sarah specializes in programmatic…

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Elizabeth Fenn

Elizabeth Fenn is a historian of the early American West, with particular interests in epidemic disease, Native American, and environmental history.  Her aim is to develop a continent-wide analysis that incorporates Native Americans as well as African, European, and Russian colonizers into a narrative that reflects the demographic and geographic realities of the early contact era.  Her…

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John E. Echohawk

John Echohawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, was a co-founder of the Native American Rights Fund in 1970 and has been its Executive Director since 1977. The Native American Rights Fund has been involved in most of the major Indian rights litigation since 1970.  John serves on many national boards and has…

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Gary Klein

Gary Klein graduated from CU with a degree in Accounting in 1958. He began his CPA career  working for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Denver. In 1961, he was Assistant Treasurer of MFC, a bank  holding company in Denver. He was introduced to the new sport of snowmobiling in 1964, and  became the distributor of…

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Lorenzo Trujillo, Esq. LLC

Lorenzo Trujillo is the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer at the National Association of Counsel for Children, where he oversees state and national policy and legislative initiatives, the direction of the NACC Child Welfare Law Certification Program, and directs association publications. Dr. Trujillo was the Assistant Dean of Students and Professional Programs at the…

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Sam Bock

Sam Bock is a research assistant for the Center of the American West and a graduate student in History at the University of Colorado. Sam holds a B.A. in History and is a certified Social Studies teacher. He is working on a variety of projects for the Center, including the Governor’s Colorado History Initiative and…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective…

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Kent Haruf

While you will fight—in the most gracious and persuasive way—anyone who calls you a “Western” or “regional” writer, the Center of the American West will not surrender the right to celebrate your deep and lasting contribution to the cause of our region’s self-knowledge. Having pulled the rug out from under sentimentality and stereotypes, you have…

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Bunky Echo-Hawk

The Center of the American West is pleased to welcome multi-talented artist, activist, and public speaker, Bunky Echo-Hawk as the tenth guest in the Modern Indian Identity lecture series. This series features contemporary Indian speakers telling their stories in ways that shatter misconceptions of what it means to be a “real Indian.” Bunky Echo-Hawk’s work…

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Dan Wildcat

Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. He is also co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University….

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Robert Pasnau

Robert Pasnau (PhD, Cornell, 1994) works mainly in the areas of mind and knowledge. His research has run from the Presocratics all the way to contemporary thought, but at present is focused mainly on the late scholastic and early modern era. Professor Pasnau is editor of the Hackett Aquinas, and of the forthcoming Cambridge History…

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Jennifer Shannon

Jen Shannon is an Assistant Professor and a Curator of Cultural Anthropology.  She conducts ethnographic fieldwork as well as object collections research, works on exhibits and collaborative projects in the museum, and teaches courses in the Museum and Field Studies program and in the Department of Anthropology.  She worked as a Lead Researcher in the…

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Catherine Kunce

Novelist Catherine Kunce received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Denver. A recently completed project involves the transcription and annotation of two nineteenth-century American women writers, one of whom was Edgar Allan Poe’s onetime fiancée. As senior instructor in CU’s Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Catherine has relied on the Center of…

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Beth Osnes

Beth Osnes is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado. As co-founder of Mothers Acting Up, she toured a program in partnership with Philanthropiece Foundation entitled, The (M)other Tour, to locations around the world to create a global community of mothers moving from concern to action on behalf of their most passionate…

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Don Bain

Born in Denver, Don Bain is a fifth-generation Colorado native. He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School, and then joined the Denver law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, where he has practiced since. Don specializes in commercial litigation and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was…

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Peter Hunt

Peter Hunt, chair of the Classics Department and a classical Greek historian, studies warfare and society, slavery, historiography, foreign policy thinking, and oratory. His first book, Slaves, Warfare and Ideology in the Greek Historians (Cambridge 1998), discerns a conflict between the extent of slave and Helot participation in Greek warfare and the representation of their…

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Bruce Goldstein

Bruce Goldstein is Associate Professor of Ecological Planning at the University of Colorado, in Denver and Boulder. He examines how planners, activists, public agency managers and other stakeholders can develop collaborative responses to social-ecological challenges, such as rapid growth in the wildlands-urban interface, biodiversity loss and climate change. Bruce has just concluded a 5-year study of…

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John McPhee

As the West’s most attentive, most generous, and wisest visitor, you have played an unequaled role in expanding and deepening the region’s self-knowledge. In your work, scrupulously accurate non-fiction takes on the force of parable and even the lasting power of legend. In your portraits of geologists, you show us both the wonders of the…

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Christina Battle

With a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Christina currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Working with film, video, and installation, her works explore themes of history and counter-memory, political mythology, and environmental catastrophe, and have been exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries, including:…

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Davide Stimilli

Davide Stimilli (Ph.D., Yale University) is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Humanities. Prior to teaching at CU-Boulder, he held positions in Italian and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University and in Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico. He has written extensively on Franz Kafka and Aby Warburg. His interests include…

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Peter Simonson

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Rob Pyatt

Rob Pyatt is an instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, teaching architecture, sustainable design, and design/build courses in the College of Architecture and Planning. He has extensive experience in sustainable design, construction, and community outreach projects. Robʼs community outreach and design/build work has been published in Environmental Design and Construction magazine, Architectural Record magazine,…

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Kristen Carpenter

Kristen Carpenter devotes her teaching and scholarship to property law and American Indian law. Her research examines the real property interests of Indian nations, as well as issues of culture, religion, language, and interpretation. Professor Carpenter’s current works-in-progress include books on cultural property law, Cherokee treaties, and the Indian Civil Rights Act. Before entering academia,…

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Thomas Andrews

Thomas G. Andrews specializes in the social and environmental history of the Rocky Mountain West. The recipient of grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other organizations, he has authored prize-winning articles on assimilation and native resistance in federal…

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Daniel Boord

Daniel Boord was the Chair of the Film Studies Program from the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2009. He is currently Director of the Stan Brakhage Center for the Media Arts. Boord is among the second generation of video artists in the United States. He is known for his collaboration with Argentine artist…

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Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton is an artist and educator who currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. His work is interdisciplinary, blurring the boundaries of social practice, sculpture, architecture, design, and image-based research. He was the founder of the municipalWORKSHOP and currently works with the M12 collective. Professor Saxton’s solo work has been described as contemporary vernacular,…

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Don Hodel

Donald Paul Hodel was born on May 23, 1935, and received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. In the Reagan administration, Hodel served as Secretary of Energy (1982–1985), and as Under Secretary and then Secretary of Interior (1985–1989). During his tenure as Secretary of Interior, Hodel worked to increase domestic…

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Gale Norton

From 1991 to 1999, Gale Norton served as Attorney General of Colorado. Prior to her election as Colorado Attorney General, Norton served in Washington, D.C., as Associate Solicitor of the United States Department of the Interior, overseeing endangered species and public lands legal issues for the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service….

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Bruce Babbitt

Bruce Babbitt served as Secretary for eight years (1993-2000) under President Clinton, during which time, among other achievements, he promulgated new grazing policies and regulations for public lands; formulated a new consultative use of the Antiquities Act, resulting in presidential monument decrees protecting some four million acres; reorganized the U.S. Geological Survey to include wildlife…

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Manuel Lujan

Manuel Lujan served as Secretary for four years (1989-1993) under President George H. W. Bush. During his time in office, he dealt with the Exxon Valdez oil spill and cleanup effort in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, wrestled with the controversy surrounding spotted owls in the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, helped implement the President’s…

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James Watt

James Watt served as Secretary for three years (1981-1983) under President Reagan, during which time his office addressed several challenges facing the nation’s public lands. When Secretary Watt came into office, the Sagebrush Rebellion was in full swing with Western governors opposing the policies of the Carter administration. Watt implemented a Good Neighbor Policy to…

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John C. Whitaker

John Whitaker served on the Nixon White House staff from 1969 to 1972, coordinating environment and natural resources policy, and from 1973 to 1975 as Under Secretary of the Interior, reporting to Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton, who died in 1979. At the White House, Whitaker, a Ph.D. in geology, dealt with issues like the…

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Walter J. Hickel

Walter Hickel served for two years (1969-1970) under President Nixon. As Secretary, he became known for his strong actions on behalf of a national energy policy, helping to awaken America to the emerging environmental crisis, and for his role in establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. His actions at Interior included, among other things, upgrading offshore…

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Stewart Lee Udall

Stewart Udall served as Secretary for eight years (1961-1969) under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, during which time he successfully pressed for landmark environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act, the Wilderness Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. On his watch, the National Park Service added over…

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Kurt Gutjahr

Kurt Gutjahr, M.A., M.F.A., is the Program Director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado and has worked for the Center for four years. Although born in New Jersey, he moved to New Mexico at nine years of age and since then has lived in Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Colorado…

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Roni Ires

Roni Ires has been with the Center since 1996, managing the academic programs, handling financial and administrative business, and enjoying the educational and inspirational fringe benefits. Born and raised in the concrete terrain of Brooklyn, New York, she recalls listening to John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and dreaming of somehow, someday, reaching that remote and…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective…

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Honey Ashenbrenner

Honey Ashenbrenner (Honey Lindburg) has been with the University of Colorado Boulder as a Art Director/Marketing and Communications Specialist since 2003 and loves almost every minute of her job. She leads a great group of full-time staff and student employees in the Center of the American West’s events office, to bring you the events and…

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Ellen Aiken

Ellen Aiken is a core faculty member in the Sewall Residential Academic Program at CU-Boulder, where she teaches The American West, the foundation course for the Center’s Western American Studies certificate program. The Sewall RAP works closely with the Center to introduce undergraduate students to the West as a unique region and to engage them…

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Bud Coleman

Bud Coleman is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. A former dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Fort Worth Ballet, Kinesis, and Ballet Austin, he has directed/choreographed Seussical, A Grand Night for Singing, Pippin, Wonderful Town, Songs in the Key…

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Sarah Krakoff

Prior to joining the CU School of Law in 1996, Sarah Krakoff spent three years living and working on the Navajo Nation, as a founder and director of the DNA’s Youth Law Project in Tuba City, Arizona. In this position, she litigated class action discrimination cases in federal court on behalf of Native American schoolchildren,…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective…

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Daryl Maeda

Daryl J. Maeda is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and is currently conducting research and revising his book, Asian American Cultural Formation, which examines Asian American identities and cultural productions from the 1930s to the 1970s. He received an M.A. from San Fransisco State University in Ethnic Studies as well as both…

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Karen Ramirez

Karen Ramirez is an Assistant Director for Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences and Senior Instructor for the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program. She teaches courses on The American West, Women’s Literature, Native American Literature, and American Literature. Ramirez co-founded and directs the CU Dialogues Program, which facilitates dialogues in CU classes in order to provide experiential learning opportunities…

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William Wei

Professor Wei’s primary research interests center on modern China, especially the themes of revolution and counterrevolution. His secondary ones are on Asian America, focusing on Chinese Americans within the context of the overseas Chinese Diaspora. Reflecting these intellectual pursuits are his major works:

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Jan Whitt

Jan Whitt is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Having begun her career as a reporter and editor in Texas, Professor Whitt recently completed a manuscript entitled Women in American Journalism: A New History (2007). She also published Allegory and the Modern Southern…

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Krister Andersson

Krister Andersson (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2002) joined the faculty in 2005. His current research focuses on the politics of environmental governance in two different policy domains: forestry policy reforms in developing countries and international climate change mitigation strategies. Professor Andersson’s research has appeared in World Development, PS: Political Science and Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Public…

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Douglas Bamforth

Douglas Bamforth is an archaeologist who works mainly on the Great Plains; he has also worked in the Colorado mountains, coastal California, the California desert, the Great Basin, Germany, and Ireland. He has a major technical interest in the study of how ancient people made and used stone tools. His research has focused on how…

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Nichole Barger

As an aridlands ecologist, Nichole Barger’s research mission is to better understand the impacts of changing climate and land use on plant communities and soil resources in dryland ecosystems; research that crosses the boundaries of community, ecosystem, and landscape ecology. In her research program, she employs a variety of techniques in the fields of terrestrial…

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Kenneth Bickers

Kenneth N. Bickers joined the faculty at CU-Boulder in 2003. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and his B.A. from TCU in Fort Worth in 1981. His first position out of graduate school was at Rice University. During 1991-92, he was a visiting scholar at the LaFollette Institute of Public…

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Michael Breed

Michael Breed, Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1977. His research interests include the social behavior in insects, the kin recognition system of honey bees, nest defense in honey bees, and social biology of the giant tropical ant. Kin recognition studies are designed…

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Cathy Cameron

Catherine Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She specializes in the archaeology of the Ancestral Pueblo people of the American Southwest. She conducts excavations in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and at the Comb Wash Community, a post-Chacoan great house….

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Sharon Collinge

Dr. Sharon Collinge’s research is based primarily in grassland ecosystems of the American West. She integrates theories and methods of conservation biology, restoration ecology, and landscape ecology to examine how changing landscapes affect plant and animal movement, population dynamics, and interactions among species. Her research centers on how habitat loss and fragmentation affect persistence and…

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J. Andy Cowell

Andrew Cowell is a faculty member in the departments of Linguistics and French and Italian. One of his main research interests is the indigenous languages of the Western U.S., and he directs the Center for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the West (CSILW). He has published extensively on Arapaho, and also works on Gros…

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Deserai Crow

Assistant Professor Deserai Anderson Crow is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism. She joined the faculty in 2008 and teaches broadcast news and media studies courses. Professor Crow earned her Ph.D. from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado…

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John Daily

Most of Professor Daily’s academic career has been devoted to the field of combustion and environmental studies. He has worked on combustion and heat transfer aspects of propulsion and power generation devices, studying such topics as fluid mechanics of mixing, chemical kinetics, combustion stability, and air pollution. He also works on the development of advanced…

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Lisa Dilling

Lisa Dilling is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and a member of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her career has spanned both research and practice arenas of the science-policy interface, including program leadership…

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Jay Ellis

Jay Ellis grew up in Mesquite, Texas, playing drums at stock shows, shopping malls, and VFW halls. Professor Ellis earned his B.A. from the Berklee College of Music, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Ph.D. in American Literature at NYU. Publications include No Place for…

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Michelle Ellsworth

Michelle Ellsworth is nationally known for her witty and innovative solo performance work. She has performed at venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Lee, MA), P.S. 122 (NYC), Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Diverseworks (Houston, TX), The Sushi Gallery (San Diego, CA), The Telluride Experimental Film Festival (Telluride, CO), and the Solo Mio Festival…

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Nicholas Flores

Nicholas Flores is an Associate Professor of Economics and departmental chair at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests are decision making and the environment/public goods, environmental and public goods valuation, and research methodology in environmental economics. He teaches multiple upper-division economics courses ranging from Introduction to Statistics with Computer Application to research…

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Michael Hannigan

Michael Hannigan resides in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is involved in the environmental engineering program at the University and thoroughly enjoys teaching courses to both mechanical and environmental engineering students. He has an active research program that focuses on air pollution and energy use.

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Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies (Ph.D. 2003, University of Chicago). He teaches in the areas of indigenous traditions, method and theory in the study of religion, and religion and law. Professor Johnson’s research focuses on contemporary Native American and Native Hawaiian religious life, particularly in legal and…

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Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones’s first publication was during his first semester doing his M.A. work, a story called “Paleogenesis, circa 1970,” in Black Warrior Review. Soon after, he discovered Thomas Pynchon and Philip K. Dick and has no clue how he ever pretended to have gotten along without them. He finally wound up at Florida State,…

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Alphonse Keasley

Dr. Alphonse Keasley has had the great good fortune of an interesting and varied career with the University of Colorado at Boulder, working alongside some of the campus’s most talented faculty, students, and administrators. He presently serves as the director of the Minority Arts and Sciences Program (MASP). Dr. Keasley loves teaching in a research…

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Penelope Kelsey

Penelope Kelsey is Seneca (patrilineal descent) with familial roots in western Pennsylvania and New York. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her book, Tribal Theory in Native American Literature, was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2008. She is the editor of Strawberries in Brooklyn: Maurice Kenny,…

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Phoebe Young

Phoebe S. K. Young teaches and writes about the cultural and environmental history of the modern United States and the American West. Her first book, California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place (University of California Press, 2006), examined public memories of the Spanish past, the built environment, regional development, and race relations…

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Sandra Laursen

Sandra Laursen works in both research and practice in science education. As co-director of Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER), she leads research and evaluation studies of education and career paths in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Her research interests include underrepresentation of women and minorities in the sciences, professional socialization and career development of scientists,…

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Steve Lekson

Steve Lekson received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1988. His research area is the archaeology of the North American Southwest. His research interests are in the origins of government, regional patterning, and architecture. His publications encompass the archaeology of Chaco, Mesa Verde, Mimbres Mogollon, Hohokam, and Casas Grandes; Apache ethnohistory; and…

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Merrill Lessley

Merrill J. Lessley is currently a Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Colorado. He has a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Utah, an M.A. in Scene, Costume & Lighting Design from the University of Minnesota, and a B.F.A. in Theatre Design from the University of Utah. Dr. Lessley was…

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Alan Lester

Alan Lester is a Senior Instructor and Research Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences, CU-Boulder. A native of Oregon, Dr. Lester came to Colorado in 1985 (with a B.S. from the University of Oregon). After receiving a Ph.D. in Geology from CU (1993), he remained as a Research Associate and Lecturer, and later as…

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William M. Lewis, Jr.

William M. Lewis, Jr., received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1973. He is currently the director for the Center for Limnology, and a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His current research projects include estimation of nitrogen yield from watersheds; fate and transport of organic nitrogen in streams and rivers; denitrification in…

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Danika Medak-Saltzman

Danika Medak-Saltzman (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is committed to working in the broad field of Global Indigenous Studies while staying focused on the specificity of American Indian history and experience. With this as an ultimate goal, her work has explored the exportation of American Indian Policy to Japan in the 1870s and its influence on the…

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Jeffry Mitton

Jeffry Mitton’s primary research interests focus on the evolutionary forces that influence genetic variation within and among populations. DNA sequences of mitochondrial, chloroplast, and nuclear genes, and electrophoretic variation of proteins are used to characterize variation in populations of plants and animals. Phylogeographic studies are used to describe patterns of variation and to make historical…

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Brian Muller

Brian Muller is an Assistant Professor of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver. He received his B.A. from Yale University and M.P.A. from the University of Texas. His research includes land use modeling, geographic information systems, agricultural/open space land preservation, and regional economic development. He teaches geographic information systems, natural resources planning…

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Jason Neff

Professor Jason Neff focuses on a broad range of research topics in a variety of different ecosystems. The thread that runs through all of his studies is a goal of understanding how the earth is changing and how humans interact with natural ecosystems. Sometimes those studies focus on basic ecological processes, and at other times,…

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David O. Norris

Dr. David Norris has done research in environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for more than 35 years, investigating the role of natural (e.g., photoperiod, temperature) and anthropogenic environmental factors (metals, pesticides, industrial pollutants) on thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive endocrinology in regards to development, sexual maturation, seasonal reproduction, and aging. Most of his research has involved salmonid…

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Thomas Riis

Thomas L. Riis, the Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center at the College of Music, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he served as the Albert Seay Distinguished Visiting…

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John-Michael Rivera

Professor John-Michael Rivera is Assistant Professor of English and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research and teaching interests include: eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century American and Chicana/o literature; culture studies; cultural geography and political philosophy; critical race studies; American and ethnic studies; visual studies, and photography. He…

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Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero is an ethnomusicologist specializing in music and spirituality and music and cultural interaction. Her specializations are in North American Indian and Latin American music, especially the music of the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. Her long-term research is focused on the Matachines Danza found on both sides of the border, and representing…

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Joseph Ryan

Joe Ryan is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. He has been teaching and doing research at the University of Colorado since 1993. His research focuses on the role of colloids and surfaces on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural waters. He teaches courses that echo these interests:…

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Bob Sievers

Professor Bob Sievers and his students study air and water quality in the American West. He and his students specialize in studying aerosol particles so small that their diameter is one-hundredth the width of a human hair, and can enter the alveoli of human and animal lungs. They have learned how to synthesize and coat…

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JoAnn Silverstein

JoAnn Silverstein received her Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1982. From there she went on to become an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds that position presently. She has been a Registered Professional Engineer…

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Seema Sohi

Seema Sohi completed her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She earned B.A. degrees in both U.S. History and Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Vermont. Her current project traces the development of a transnational anti-colonial movement organized by Indian radicals and migrant…

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Paul Strom

Paul Strom came to Boulder from New Mexico to attend CU in 1967 where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He was also able to take advantage of the first Study Abroad program at the University of Lancaster, England. It was during the turmoil of the Vietnam War era that Professor Strom became…

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Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter teaches modern U.S. History and Environmental History. He is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2002) and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach (with Leon Neel and Albert Way, 2010), and he is the editor of Environmental…

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William Travis

Bill Travis is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His teaching and research focus is on human behavior in the environment, including studies of the human dimensions of climate change, land use, and the interaction of people and ecosystems. He was general editor (as William Riebsame) of the Atlas of…

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Leaf Van Boven

Leaf Van Boven is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is interested in what it feels like to be human and how that phenomenology influences our judgments and decisions in the social world. These interests have led him to investigate adult perspective-taking, hedonic…

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Thomas Veblen

Thomas T. Veblen, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1975, is a Professor interested in biogeography and plant ecology. His main research areas are vegetation dynamics in relation to natural and anthropogenic disturbances and climatic variation, including tree-ring applications in forest dynamics. His current projects include work on the interactions among fire, blowdown and insect outbreaks…

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Stephen Wagner

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James White

Jim White is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and also in the Environmental Studies Program at CU. He is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He is the past Director of the Environmental Studies Program at CU, and helped to establish and grow that program during its first…

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Charles Wilkinson

Prior to joining the faculty of the CU Law School, Charles Wilkinson practiced law with private firms in Phoenix and San Francisco and then with the Native American Rights Fund. In 1975, he became a Law Professor, teaching at the law schools of the University of Oregon, Michigan, and Minnesota before moving to Colorado in…

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James Williams, II

James F. Williams, II, has been Dean of Libraries at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1988. His career includes 13 years as a Medical Librarian and 23 years in research library administration. His research interests include health sciences librarianship, strategic planning, leadership in research libraries, and resource sharing and networking. He has been…

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Mark Williams

Dr. Mark Williams, Fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in ecology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. He is also on the core faculty of the Department of Environmental Studies….

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Thomas Yulsman

Thomas Yulsman received his undergraduate degree from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, with a specialization in environmental journalism in 1977. In 1980, he earned his graduate degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with a concentration in environmental and science journalism. He is currently an Associate Professor at the School…

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Gene Bolles

Dr. Gene Bolles is a neurosurgeon from Boulder, Colorado. He was hired as a private contractor as the chief of neurosurgery at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center where he oversaw the treatment for thousands of U.S. military casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Bolles was the surgeon who repaired the broken back of Army Pfc. Jessica…

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Richard Brown

Richard N. “Dick” Brown graduated from the School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1954. He spent two years in the U.S. Army in Nuremberg, Germany, and returned to Denver where he worked in the insurance and securities business. Since 1970, he was involved in real estate development in Vail, Colorado,…

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Steve Burkholder

Steve Burkholder is the owner of the A & S Group, a consulting and marketing organization. He is a senior fellow of the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University. He is the former executive director of Colorado’s Future, a private nonprofit, non-partisan group organized to “Build a Better Colorado.” He was the Mayor…

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Cathy Cameron

Catherine Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She specializes in the archaeology of the Ancestral Pueblo people of the American Southwest. She conducts excavations in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and at the Comb Wash Community, a post-Chacoan great house….

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Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen was born and raised in Nebraska and currently lives in Denver and Tucson. He recently retired from the presidency of Iron & Metals, Inc., a Denver scrap metal processing and recycling firm. He has been actively engaged in Western economic and political issues for several decades. He strongly supports the Center’s efforts to…

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Henry “Woody” Eaton

Woody Eaton is a retired dentist (D.D.S. from the University of California, San Francisco). He is currently a real estate investor. Raised in Boulder, and the son of retired CU staff member Eva Bowman Eaton, Mr. Eaton has donated much time and energy to the Boulder community as well as the University of Colorado at…

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Hubert Farbes, Jr.

Hubert Farbes is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Commercial Litigation, Construction/Engineering, and Environmental and Water Groups. He focuses on construction law, natural resource law, regulatory law, and public utility law. Mr. Farbes served as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General for three and a half years prior to commencing his private practice. In private…

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Herb Fenster

Herb Fenster is a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP as of 2015. Previously he was a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where he practiced for forty-eight years as a resident in the Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado, offices. Mr. Fenster specializes in litigation, particularly against the United States…

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Lew Frauenfelder

Lew Frauenfelder was born and raised in Colorado. After serving four years in the military, he attended CU and received his BSEE degree in 1968. Subsequent to working at IBM and Storage Tek, he began a career as a serial entrepreneur, starting several companies in the Boulder Valley including Intellistor, Benchmark Storage Innovations, and Rebit,…

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Todd Gleeson

Todd Gleeson grew up among the orange groves of southern California when they still grew them there. He earned a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, in developmental and cell biology in 1979, and has been a member of the Boulder faculty since 1981. He is a professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology,…

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J. Paul Heffron

Paul Heffron is a real estate consultant focused on land conservation, affordable housing, and public real estate asset management and funding. He works specifically with nonprofits to assist them with real property matters and in realizing their potentials. In the past, he has been on the Board and president of the Rocky Mountain Center on…

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Caroline Hoyt

Caroline Hoyt is the co-founder of McStain Neighborhoods, a successful Boulder County homebuilder, along with her husband, Tom. She earned a degree in architecture from the University of Colorado in 1966. She has been actively involved in planning, developing, and designing residential communities with an emphasis on green building and sustainability in Northern Colorado for…

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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a professor of environmental studies and history. In addition, Patty was named to serve as the new Colorado State Historian and appointed to the National Endowment for…

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Liz Moores

Liz Moores is a Colorado native, born in Greeley. She attended CU in the 70s and has a degree in nursing. She is an active CU alum. She was a member of the Vocal Advisory Board for the College of Music, chairing their annual gala in 2006. Along with her husband and three children, she…

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Alan Olson

Al Olson serves as president of the Couse Foundation. He is of counsel at McDermott Will & Emery, and prior to his retirement, he served as vice-chairman of the firm and also as a member of the firm’s Management, Executive, and Strategic Planning committees. Mr. Olson has been involved in the acquisition and disposition of…

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William Reynolds

Boulder native Bill Reynolds has the good fortune and health to ride his bike the long way every day to the W.W. Reynolds Companies offices in downtown Boulder. He attended Boulder schools including Boulder High where he played David in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”. He was elected “Head Boy” in his senior year. Bill graduated…

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Robert E. Sievers

Professor Sievers studies analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical science, aerosols, microparticles and nanoparticles, supercritical fluids, and thin film deposition. Fundamental and applied studies of the formation of nanoparticle and microparticle aerosols are under way. Carbon dioxide-assisted nebulization provides superior aerosols for various forms of spectroscopy, such as electro-spray ionization, mass spectrometry, and atomic absorption. Professor Sievers’ students…

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Juli Steinhauer

Juli Steinhauer was a voice major at the University of Colorado and has been singing professionally for 50 years. She has been a guest soloist both nationally and internationally with college jazz ensembles and she performs locally. She lectures on American popular music with Professor Emeritus of Music, Dr. Wayne Scott. Ms. Steinhauer has been…

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John Stocke

John Stocke is a Professor of Astrophysics and Space Astronomy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His teaching interests include Astronomical Observations and Instrumentation, General Astronomy, and Ancient Astronomy. His research interests include the evolution of quasars and BL Lacertae objects; the structure of extended radio galaxies; the environment of active galaxies and its…

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Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson and his family share a fondness for the West. They have lived in and traveled throughout the region for much of their lives. One of Mr. Thompson’s best memories as an undergraduate at CU was a course on the history of the American West taught by Professor Clifford Westermeier. Since then, he has…

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson has more than 20 years of legal and policy experience in the fields of natural resources, federal environmental law, energy, and recreation. She focuses her practice on energy and emphasizes public land, federal environmental issues, and government relations. She represents clients developing renewable energy – solar, geothermal, and wind – and conventional energy…

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Sid Wilson

Sid Wilson is president of A Private Guide, Inc., a licensed group tour and event transportation service company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, since 1991. Mr. Wilson is past board chair and one of the original founding members of the Beckwourth Mountain Club. He currently serves as the Denver Public Library Commissioner, Board of Directors of…

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Tish Winsor

A graduate of Lawrence University with a degree in history, Tish Winsor was formerly a history teacher in Illinois. She and her husband, John, divide their time between Boulder and a ranch near Cody, Wyoming. They owned and operated newspapers in the Midwest before moving to the Rockies. Ms. Winsor has been active with the…

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Edwin Barber

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Steve D. Binder

Steve Binder was engaged in the securities industry for over 36 years. His activities included municipal bond trading, investment banking (public and corporate finance), and senior management of the firm’s brokerage division in the Central part of the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado. Mr. Binder is currently the Senior…

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Jane Bock

The City of Boulder and Boulder County have more open space per person than any other such place in the country. Precious resources found on this land must be conserved. One of the resources believed to be found on certain plots is tallgrass, which has four characteristic grasses: big blue stem, little blue stem, switchgrass,…

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James R. Cargill, II

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Nancy Carlston

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Lucy Guercio

Before moving to Colorado in 1971, Lucy Guercio led a successful career as a New York City fashion model. In the late 1970s, along with her husband, James Guercio, she created the Caribou Ranch, the first destination recording studio in the country. She has served as the chair of Art Auction and Major Monetary Gifts…

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Carmine Iadarola

Aquasan Network, Inc., is a water resources organization that specializes in the political, institutional, and financial issues of water and wastewater management. Its president, Carmine Iadarola, started Aquasan Network in 1983. Mr. Iadarola has an extensive background in water and wastewater resources, but his multi-disciplinary background also includes finance, hydrology, water development, law, marketing, and…

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Charles Scoggin

Sage Medical Institute, Inc. is a privately-held, venture-backed medical information services company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to founding Sage, Dr. Charles Scoggin served as co-founder and chairman of Rodeer Systems, Inc., a medical information services company which, over the course of three years from founding, took $48 million in annual revenues. Dr. Scoggin also…

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Ted Turner

Despite a little error of birthplace, you remade yourself as a leading Westerner. You have committed your always replenished energy to the most important cause of the twenty-first-century West: the repair and restoration of injured and diminished landscapes and habitats. You have engaged the region and the nation in global matters, from our shared responsibility…

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Tom McGuane

With precision, outrageous humor, and clear-eyed candor, you have given us today’s true West, with your disdain of greed and pomposity, your everlasting love of a good stream, a fine horse, and a plain sweep of land, and your passion for simple, productive work, all of which causes you to call cowboys “drunken, wife-beating, snoose-chewing…

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

You have always placed such value on the upbringing you gained on the family ranch, the Lazy B, in the high desert and low-sandstone-canyon terrain on the upper Gila River in Arizona near the New Mexico line, a spread that you and your brother, in your joint memoir, called “a place of all-encompassing silence,” a…

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Ivan Doig

In a time when the American West cried out for definition and explanation, you responded with full and vibrant portraits of the northern tier, your Montana homeland and adopted Northwest, from cow and alfalfa country to the “stonecliff skyline” of the Rocky Mountain Front to stormy seas, always anchored in compelling and authentic westerners; your…

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John E. Echohawk

With your quiet strength, impeccable integrity, and great stature, you have become the indispensable voice for Indian Country, leading the Native American Rights Fund, an essential force for Native Justice, and negotiating at the highest level of federal and state governments, ever open to new ideas and ever unyielding to encroachments on the tribal sovereignty…

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Billy Frank, Jr.

For more than a half century, first as warrior then as diplomat, you have enriched society in the Pacific Northwest and America with your big spirit and your inspiring message, at once fierce and loving, of separate sovereign peoples living in civility and joining together in the sacred cause of sustaining the land that you…

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Terry Tempest Williams

You are the most authentic and influential voice for the American Southwest, exposing injustice, poisons, and heedlessness; teaching true of the creatures, the formations, and the peoples; and caressing with your words the wild, sacred sidecanyons, mesas, and slickrock landscapes you love so passionately and so well.

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John Nichols

You have celebrated and absorbed the American Southwest, with its dramatic skies and sacred landscapes, and its traditional Hispanic and Indian cultures; and you have spoken frankly of its tragedy and greed. Through your to-the-bone honesty, ribald humor, and lifelong commitment to the common people, you have written masterpieces not just for Northern New Mexico,…

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Vine Deloria, Jr.

Always grounded in the stories told by the plains and ridges of your Sioux homeland, and guided by your vision of a vibrant tribal sovereignty, you have become a hero for the ages in Indian Country and far beyond. You have changed the West and the world through your activism during the Termination Crisis, your…

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Rudolfo Anaya

From your beloved New Mexico, you have bestowed upon the world your gift of Chicano literature, in which the landscape of the Southwest lives and breathes. Your novels, plays, short stories, children’s books, and essays celebrate human dignity, cross-cultural respect, and the preservation of the wisdom of those who have come before us. You have…

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Paul Schullery

As America’s foremost citizen of the National Parks, you work deftly in the medium of memory to honor both nature and human nature. Your honesty and humility refresh the cause of natural preservation and reacquaint us with wonder, while your writing replenishes the West’s rivers with hope.

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T.H. Watkins

Thank you ever for taking your vivid pen, inspired camera, and robust spirit into the West’s wild landscapes that you loved so, and for depicting them in ways that will endure as long as the caribou terrain of Alaska, the peaks and peneplains of Montana, and the sacred redrock country of Southern Utah.

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Daniel Kemmis

As Speaker of the House, Mayor, and celebrated author, you have articulated and put to work a uniquely western brand of community-based politics that embodies your own character: plain yet elegant, practical yet philosophical, open-minded yet rooted deep in rich Montana soil.

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Reginald Saner

Your poems and essays redistribute the fortune of your outdoor life and establish you as the region’s most attentive biographer of wind, water, rock, time, and light – always the light. As you have journeyed through the West, an Illinois child transformed by mountains and by the dawn, your walking, watching, and writing have converged…

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Eleanor M. Gehres

On the road that runs between the past and the present, you have guided thousands. Through your good work, the Westerners of the past live on in our memories, and the Westerners of the present find their bearings in time. From your extraordinary commitment to history, the Denver Public Library gains its preeminence as a…

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David Lavender

During your illustrious career, you have told us of the whole American West, from the Great Plains to the California Coast and from Blackfeet Country in Montana to your beloved Colorado San Juans, chronicling both the triumphs and the plunder and ultimately lodging your faith in the wondrous landscape and resourceful Westerners you have written…

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Alvin Josephy

Over the course of your diverse and distinguished career, you have at once unerringly set the record straight and expressed your high respect for Indian societies, your belief in civility toward all peoples, and your lasting love of the land, especially the redrock Southwest and your beloved Wallowas of northeastern Oregon, where the memory of…

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Juane Quick-To-See Smith

Because of your luminous talent, because your Shoshone-Flathead heritage granted you the eyes of your people, because you can fathom the vision of Anglo painters, and because of your tireless advocacy for Indian artists, you have become the painter and translator through whose extraordinary eyes each people may view the soul of the other.

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N. Scott Momaday

You have provided us with a unique vision of the American West, the beauty of its land and its creatures of every kind. Through fiction, biography, poetry, and visual arts, your work has helped us find our place in the Western landscape. We are grateful for your presence in our lives as teacher, guide, and…

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Bill Hornby

You have elevated, educated, and challenged Westerners through your thrice-weekly “column of the West,” your love of regional love, your championing of historic preservation, your attention to global issues, and your deep-held belief that vibrant events in the cities, as well as in your beloved Montana birthplace, will help define the future of the West.

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Ed Marston

You have become a beloved and revered spokesperson for the rural West through your extraordinary newspaper, High Country News, your principled, hard-hitting views on public policy, your compassionate but precise depictions of the people and places of the West, and your personal humility and dignity.

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Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk, a lawyer, tribal judge, scholar, and activist, was the eighth guest in our Modern Indian Identity series. With legal experience including cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and reburial/repatriation rights, Echo-Hawk worked as a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years. He…

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Jim Enote

Jim Enote – Zuni farmer and interrupted artist – has explored to a large degree such varied subjects as cultural pattern languages, Zuni architecture as fluxus art, Japanese art after 1945, and, since 1999, creating map art. Born in Zuni, New Mexico, Enote considers his career an odyssey of hitchhiking, watermelon picking, writing, and advocacy…

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David Treuer

The Center is proud to welcome David Treuer as the sixth guest in our Modern Indian Identity series. This series features contemporary Indian speakers telling their stories in ways that shatter misconceptions on what it means to be a “Real Indian.” Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is…

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Gerard Baker

Gerard A. Baker, Ph.D., is the Superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. He has been with the federal government for 27 years; 24 years with the National Park Service and 3 years with the United States Forest Service. Dr. Baker is a full-blood member of the Mandan-Hidatsa Tribe of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Mandaree,…

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Robert Mirabal

Described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman, and farmer – Robert Mirabal has traveled extensively and played his music all over the world. Mirabal is also an accomplished Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. His flutes are world renowned…

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Eva Marie Garroutte

My Father’s Stories: Remembering Oklahoma Eva Marie Garroutte is the author of Real Indians: Identity, Community, and the Survival of Native America. In this talk, Professor Garroutte blended her father’s stories of growing up in the Cherokee Nation of the 1930s with her own recent experiences as a tribal citizen working in the field of…

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Phil Deloria

Professor Phil Deloria taught at CU-Boulder for more than six years before joining the history faculty at the University of Michigan in 2001, and also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from CU-Boulder. He is a Professor and Director of the Program in American Culture on the Michigan campus and has been instrumental in building…

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Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who for many years was the author of “West by Northwest,” a twice-weekly column for The Seattle Times. Prior to his position at the Times, he served as editor and publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and as the Executive News Editor of The Salt Lake Tribune. Trahant…

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