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Carleton Lecture Focuses on a New Era of River Protection in the U.S.

April 14, 2011

Daniel McCool, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Co-director of Sustainability Curriculum Development at the University of Utah, will present, "River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers," on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Leighton Hall, room 305, on the Carleton College campus. McCool will discuss river restoration in the United States and a concept he calls "the River Republic."  This event is free and open to the public.

An avid conservationist, McCool believes Americans have the ability to reverse much of the damage done to America’s rivers and adopt a water policy based on sustainable, non-extractive purposes. “The River Republic” refers to the way in which citizen groups are taking control of their local rivers and restoring them for public use.   McCool will describe current projects underway to illustrate that point and demonstrate how a new era in river protection is already underway.

McCool received his PhD and MA in political science from the University of Arizona, and his BA in sociology from Purdue University. His major fields of research and teaching are: American politics, public policy theory, public administration, natural resource policy, and American Indian policy. He has published widely on these subjects, including his books “Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote” (Cambridge University Press, 2007), “Native Waters: Contemporary Indian Water Settlements and the Second Treaty Era” (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and “Contested Landscape: The Politics of Wilderness in Utah and the West” (University of Utah Press, 1999).

This presentation is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department at Carleton College and is supported by the Ada M. Harrison Social Sciences fund. It is open to the public, with refreshments provided. For more information about this event, please contact Tami Little at tlittle@carleton.edu

Written by Mallory Monsma '11