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Utah Humanities Book Festival: Andrew Gulliford, Zak Podmore, & Vaughn Hadenfeldt

Utah Humanities Book Festival: Andrew Gulliford, Zak Podmore, & Vaughn Hadenfeldt

Join Andrew Gulliford, Zak Podmore, and Vaughn Hadenfeldt at the Bears Ears Education Center for a discussion about the state of the uranium industry in the Bears Ears region, legal developments, the decline of Lake Powell, and Bears Ears' relationship to Glen Canyon in historic and modern contexts.

ABOUT "BEARS EARS: LANDSCAPE OF REFUGE AND RESISTANCE"Designated in 2016 by President Obama and reduced to 85 percent of its original size one year later by President Trump, Bears Ears National Monument continues to be a flash point of conflict among ranchers, miners, environmental groups, states’ rights advocates, and Native American activists. In this volume, Andrew Gulliford synthesizes 11,000 years of the region’s history to illuminate what’s truly at stake in this conflict and distills this geography as a place of refuge and resistance.

ANDREW GULLIFORD is professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is an award-winning author whose books include Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale; Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions; and The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.

ABOUT "CONFLUENCE"After losing his river-running mother to cancer, author and paddler Zak Podmore disappears into the American West’s iconic canyon country to heal. What he finds is a wilderness infused with personal stories, as well as a landscape strained by political, environmental, and cultural tensions. A trip down the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park leads to a confrontation with US immigration policy. While canoeing down a rare release of water in the Colorado River delta, Podmore questions the economic foundations of Western water management. He reports on uranium tailings near the San Juan River, dam removals on Washington’s Elwha River, and a tourist development in the Grand Canyon. Moving and provocative, CONFLUENCE follows in the tradition of Thoreau or Edward Abbey — it takes us into the wild but always has one eye turned back toward the blessings and ills of civilization.

ZAK PODMORE is a Utah-based writer, film producer, and editor who covers conservation issues and Utah politics. He is a Report for America fellow at the Salt Lake Tribune, editor-at-large for Canoe & Kayak, and editor of the Canyon Echo: A Journal of Southeast Utah. He has written for Outside, Sierra, High Country News, Four Corners Free Press, High Desert Journal, and the Huffington Post. His films have been selected for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and his magazine writing won a 2018 Folio Eddie Award.

Vaughn Hadenfeldt will also bo reading from his forthcoming book. 

Event Information

Event Date 10-12-2023 6:00 pm
Location Bears Ears Education Center

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