- Created 16 May 2011; Published 27 May 2011"Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It"
Author, lawyer, professor, and water policy advisor Robert Glennon speaks about America's looming water crisis, a topic he explored in his recent book, Unquenchable, which won the 2010 Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Environmental Justice.
- Created 19 April 2011; Published 24 May 2011"River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers"
Daniel McCool, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Co-director of Sustainability Curriculum Development at the University of Utah talks about river restoration in the United States. Professor McCool has developed a concept he calls "the River Republic," which refers to the way in which citizen groups are taking control of their local rivers and restoring them for public use. In this talk, he develops that concept and describes some current river restoration projects.
- Created 12 April 2011; Published 24 May 2011"Gold Fever? Rethinking the Gold Rush"
The California Gold Rush of the late 1840's and early 1850's is one of the defining episodes in the history of the American West. The image of "gold fever" has dominated scholarly discourse in describing the Gold Rush and remains to this day the defining popular image of that event. In this talk, Professor Mark Kanazawa, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies, questions the universal application of this image and discusses whether a more rational one may be more appropriate.