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Annual Spring Banquet: Michael Blanding, author of The Map Thief

April 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library

Michael Blanding Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of  art and practical tools to navigate the world. For those who collect them, however, the  map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and, in some cases,  disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. E.  Forbes Smiley III, esteemed and respectable antiquarian map dealer, spent years  doubling as a map thief until he was finally arrested while delicately tearing maps out  of books in the Yale University Library in 2005. Smiley would later confess to the theft  of 97 maps valued at over $3 million total, and serve three years in prison for his  crimes.

While uncovering the roots of Smiley's crimes, Blanding follows the clues in an effort to determine the truth and divulge the implications on dealers, libraries, collectors, and map lovers alike. Moreover, though Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, the libraries he victimized have uncovered more than a hundred more they accuse him of taking.

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Roy Webb, Multimedia Archivist: Les Voyageurs Sans Trace

April 10, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library

French Kayakers Roy Webb

 Roy Webb will introduce the film by Ian McCluskey, Les  Voyageurs Sans Trace. The film chronicles the 1938  adventures of French newlyweds, Genevieve and  Bernard de  Colmont and their friend, Antoine de Seynes. In 1938, they set  off from France on the biggest adventure of  their lives. They  had a bold, perhaps even foolhardy plan: be the first to take  kayaks down the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. They  launched from Green River, Wyoming, and emerged 900  miles and two months later in Lee's Ferry, Arizona, with their  travels documented on 16 mm color film.

In 1986, when Roy was working on his first book of Green River history, he learned of the French kayakers through contemporary newspaper accounts. Intrigued by mention of diaries being kept by the kayakers, he contacted a descendant of Antoine de Seynes and obtained a transcript of Antoine's diary and a copy of the original film. Roy then spent the next two decades searching for a film maker who would make a documentary of this fascinating story. What started as a phone call in 2010 from Ian McCluskey of Northwest Documentaries in Portland, Oregon, seeking a copy of an article about the trio that Roy had written, turned into the award-winning documentary film, Les Voyageurs Sans Trace. The copy of the original film enabled the film crew to retrace and duplicate the kayaking trip of the French adventurers. Roy ran the Green River with the filmmakers for part of their voyage.

Roy Webb is the multimedia archivist for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has been running rivers since 1975 and has authored several books including If We Had a Boat: Green River Explorers, Adventurers, and Runners (1986); River Man: The Story of Bus Hatch (1989); Call of the Colorado (1994); River Running on the Green: A Brief History (2011); Lost Canyons of the Green River (2012); and numerous journal articles on the history of western rivers.

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Past Lectures

Donna L. Poulton, PhD and James L. Poulton, PhD: Painters of Grand Teton National Park

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm, Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library

DonnaPoulton JamesPoulton Grand Teton National Park Utah author Donna Poulton has co-written some  truly beautiful and informative art books published  by Layton's Gibbs Smith Publisher: Utah Art and  Utah Artists with Robert Olpin and Vern Swanson  in 2001, Painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts,  with Vern Swanson in 2009, and 2012's  magnificent LeConte Stewart Masterworks with  James L. Poulton, Vern Swanson and Robert  Davis.

Donna and her husband, Jim Poulton,  have written another lavish volume, published in 2015 by Gibbs Smith Publishers: Painters of Grand Teton National Park. Commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 2016 formation of the National Park Service, this coffee-table-sized tome brings to life, in two dimensions, the Grand Teton Range and Jackson Hole area. From Edward Hopper and Thomas Moran to more contemporary works by Harrison Crandall and Conrad Schwiering, it includes more than 375 paintings, drawings and photographs of the Tetons landscape and its wildlife covering over 200 years.

Donna L. Poulton grew up in Dillon, Montana, and enjoyed a great deal of time on her grandfather's ranch there. She received her master's from Boston University's extension in Stuttgart (she spent 12 years in Germany) and later earned her Ph.D. at BYU. She has juried and curated numerous exhibitions and written widely on Utah and Western art. For seven years she was curator of Art of Utah and the West at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and is currently the director of the Hal R. and Naoma J. Tate Foundation.

James L. Poulton, a co-author of LeConte Stewart Masterworks, has written several books and articles on psychological treatment and theory. He is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City and on the faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute based in Washington D.C.

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The Electric Edge of Academe: The Saga of Lucien L. Nunn and Deep Springs College

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library

Newell PortraitJacElectric Edge of Academek Newell's The Electric Edge of Academe (University of Utah Press, 2015) is a bold portrayal of this progressive-era hydroelectric power magnate, Lucien L. Nunn, who, driven by a dynamic conscience, also became a force for social change and educational experimentation. In 1891, Nunn, working with Tesla and Westinghouse, pioneered the world's first commercial production of high-tension alternating current (AC) for long-distance transmission—something Thomas Edison deemed dangerous and irresponsible. After creating the Telluride Power Company, Nunn constructed the state-of-the-art Olmsted Power Plant in Provo Canyon and the Ontario Power Works at Niagara Falls. To support this new technology, he developed an imaginative model of industrial training that became so compelling that he ultimately abandoned his entrepreneurial career to devote his wealth and talents to experimenting with a new model of liberal education. In 1917, Nunn founded Deep Springs College in eastern California. The school remains one of the most daring, progressive, and selective institutions of higher learning in America. Newell examines how Nunn's radical educational ideas have survived internal and external challenges for nearly a century and explores their relevance today.

L. Jackson Newell is Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at the University of Utah, where he was also dean of liberal education for sixteen years. He served as president of Deep Springs College from 1995 to 2004. His previous books include Maverick Colleges, Creating Distinctiveness: Lessons from Uncommon Colleges (with Barbara Townsend), and Matters of Conscience, a biography of Sterling M. McMurrin.

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¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library

Sarita Gaytan Tequila book cover Sarita Gaytán joined the University of Utah in 2011. She teaches in Sociology and  Gender Studies. Before coming to the University of Utah, she worked at New York  University, where she was a faculty fellow in Latino Studies.

 Her book, ¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico, was published by Stanford  University Press in November 2014. In it, she examines how tequila became  Mexico's national drink. Starting in the colonial era and tracing the drink's rise through  the present day, ¡Tequila! illustrates how national symbols reveal and conceal stories  about a place, a culture, and a people.

 "This riveting, beautifully-written book presents a groundbreaking examination of why  and how tequila has achieved special distinction as a national symbol. Especially  impressive is Gaytán's discussion of the ritual practices associated with tequila and the multiple ways in which the drink has come to represent both tradition and modernity. Simply terrific." (Stanley H. Brandes review)

"Revolutionary figures, such as Pancho Villa (though a known teetotaler), became inextricably linked to the macho, tequila-drinking heroes of Mexico's past. Mexican cinema helped entrench tequila in the romantic vision of the cowboy culture of the strongly European Jalisco state." (F. H. Smith review)

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Final Light: The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at J. Willard Marriott Library

Final Light Book Cover

Frank McEntire

 The motivating force behind Frank  McEntire’s latest book, Final  Light: The Life  and Art of V. Douglas Snow (University of  Utah Press, 2013)was to document Snow’s “visual language”—forged early in his career  from abstract expressionist influences  typified by Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell,  Robert Motherwell, and Franz Kline,  among others. Final Light represents the first  book to examine the legacy of this significant  Utah educator and painter. Renowned  scholars, writers, and activists who are  familiar with Snow’s work—many of whom were his close friends—recount personal experiences with the artist and delve into his motives, methods, and reputation. The volume not only offers their commentaries, but also contains more than 80 exquisite full-color reproductions of Snow’s paintings, dating from the 1950s until 2009, when he died in an auto accident at the age of eighty-two.

A nationally recognized artist, Snow chose to stay in Utah where, when not teaching at the University of Utah, he roamed the southern Utah desert gaining inspiration from the red rock formations, especially the Cockscomb outside his studio near Capitol Reef National Park. Snow said, “Every artist probably wonders if he or she made the right decision to dig in to a certain place.” He dug into the landscape in and around Southern Utah and never regretted it. Final Light will appeal to art historians and art lovers, especially those interested in abstract expressionism and the art of Utah, the West, and the Southwest. 

Frank McEntire, former executive director of the Utah Arts Council, is well known in Utah for his work of the past thirty years as a sculptor, curator, writer, and arts administrator. His sculptural works have been exhibited in Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, and he has curated exhibitions for most major museums and art centers in the state. His decade of published reviews as the art critic for The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake Magazine, as well as essays for other magazines and catalogs, provide insightful documentation of visual art trends in the western region.

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South Pass: Gateway to a Continent

Bagley Portrait South Pass book coverSunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at J. Willard Marriott Library

Wyoming’s South Pass has received much attention in lore and memory, but attracted no serious book-length study—until now. In his book, South Pass: Gateway to a Continent (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), award-winning author Will Bagley explains its significance to the nation’s history and to the development of the American West. Nowhere can travelers cross the Rockies as easily as through this high, treeless valley in Wyoming immediately south of the Wind River Mountains.

Fur traders first saw South Pass in 1812 and from the early 1840s until the completion of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads almost forty years later, emigrants on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails used South Pass in transforming the American West in a single generation. Bagley traces the peopling of the region by the earliest inhabitants and adventurers, including Indian peoples, trappers and fur traders, missionaries, and government-commissioned explorers. Later, California gold rushers, Latter-day Saints, and families seeking new lives went through this singular gap in the Rockies. The Overland Stage, Pony Express, and first transcontinental telegraph all came through the region. Without South Pass, overland wagons beginning their journey far to the east along the Missouri River could not have reached their destinations in a single season and western settlement might have been delayed for decades. Nearly a century later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated South Pass as one of America’s first National Historic Landmarks.

From 1967-68 Bagley attended Brigham Young University and, in 1971, he obtained a B.A. in history from  the University of California at Santa Cruz. He was a Research Associate at Yale University’s Beinecke Library in 2000 and was the library's Archibald Hanna Jr. Fellow in American History in 2009. During the 2008 academic year, he served as a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah's Tanner Humanities Center. Bagley has worked as a historical consultant for National Geographic magazine, the National Park Service, the Wyoming State Historical Preservation Office, the Nevada Humanities Council, and for more than a dozen documentary films including A&E Television's Mountain Meadows Massacre and The Mormon Rebellion, and PBS's, The Mormons.

Will has published extensively. He is the author and editor of twenty books and two multi-volume series. He is the editor of the Kingdom in the West Series (published by Arthur H. Clark) and the author of the projected four-volume history, Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails (University of Oklahoma Press). He has authored numerous articles and reviews in professional journals, such as the Western Historical Quarterly , Utah Historical Quarterly, Overland Journal, The Journal of Mormon History , and Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Bagley has won numerous awards including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library, Westerners International Best Book, and the Western History Association Caughey Book Prize for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West. He currently serves on the Friends of the Marriott Library advisory board.

Book signing and light refreshments following the lecture

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Joseph's Temples: The Dynamic Relationship Between Freemasonry and Mormonism

Book Cover of Josephs Temples Portrait of Michael Homer

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Michael Homer

The apparent parallels between Mormon ritual and doctrine and those of Freemasonry have long been recognized. That Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and other early church leaders were Masons, at least for a time, is common knowledge. Yet while early historians of the LDS Church openly acknowledged this connection, the question of influence was later dismissed and almost became taboo among faithful church members. Just as Mormons have tried to downplay any ties to Freemasonry, Masons have sought to distance themselves from Mormonism. In Joseph’s Temples, Michael Homer reveals how deeply the currents of Freemasonry and Mormonism entwined in the early nineteenth century. He goes on to lay out the declining course of relations between the two movements, until a détente in recent years.

There are indications that Freemasonry was a pervasive foundational element in Mormonism and that its rituals and origin legends influenced not just the secret ceremonies of the LDS temples, but also such important matters as the organization of the Mormon priesthood, the foundation of the women’s Relief Society, the introduction and concealment of polygamy, and the church’s position on African Americans’ full membership. Freemasonry was also an important facet of Mormons’ relations with broader American society.

The two movements intertwined within a historical context of early American intellectual, social, and religious ferment, which influenced each of them and in varying times and situations placed them either in the current or against the flow of mainstream American culture and politics. Joseph’s Temples provides a comprehensive examination of a dynamic relationship and makes a significant contribution to the history of Mormonism, Freemasonry, and their places in American history.

Michael W. Homer practices law in Salt Lake City. He is an award-winning author and has published numerous articles in the fields of law and Mormonism. He is the editor of On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834–1930 (University of Utah Press, 2010). 

Book signing and light refreshments following the lecture

Books provided by Weller BookWorks/Catering by Mom’s Café

Free public lecture, for details call 801-581-3421  

Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence

Book Cover of Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp Portrait of Lily Havey

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey

The memoir by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence (University of Utah Press, 2014) details Lily’s coming of age in two Japanese American internment camps. Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey was born in Los Angeles, California.  Her parents immigrated from Japan making Lily a second generation Japanese American, or Nisei.  When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, allowing military authorities to exclude anyone from anywhere without trial or hearing, the Japanese—even those born in America and therefore citizens—were swiftly interned, labeled as enemies. Lily and her family were forcibly moved to internment camps, first to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, then to a permanent camp at Granada, Colorado, the Amache Relocation Center. 

After World War II ended, in 1945 the family moved to Salt Lake City where Lily attended junior high school and high school. After graduating from high school, she attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree.  Lily also earned graduate degrees in Fine Arts and Far Eastern Studies at the University of Utah. For 13 years she taught English, Humanities, and Creative Writing at Skyline High School and Cottonwood High School and was the sponsor of the literary magazine at both schools. 

After retiring from teaching, Lily pursued a career in stained glass and later, watercolors.  Although retired from her career in stained glass, she still accepts occasional commissions for stained glass panels.  Lily is also engaged in speaking about her war time experiences and presents slide shows of her watercolors depicting scenes of life in the internment camps.  Ms. Havey resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and has two sons and one granddaughter. 

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Odgen's Rowdiest Road

25th Street Confidential by Val Holley Book Cover Portrait of Val HolleySunday, April 6, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Val Holley

25th Street Confidential traces Ogden’s transformation from quiet hamlet to chaotic transcontinental railroad junction as waves of non-Mormon fortune seekers swelled the city’s population. The street’s outsized role in Ogden annals illuminates larger themes in Utah and U.S. history. Most significantly, 25th Street was a crucible of Mormon-Gentile conflict, especially after the non-Mormon Liberal Party deprived its rival, the People’s Party, of long-standing control of Ogden’s municipal government in 1889. In the early twentieth-century the street was targeted in statewide Progressive Era reform efforts, and during Prohibition it would come to epitomize the futility of liquor abatement programs.

This first full-length treatment of Ogden’s rowdiest road, by Val Holley, spotlights larger-than-life figures whose careers were entwined with the street: Mayor Harman Ward Peery, who unabashedly filled the city treasury with fees and fines from vicious establishments; Belle London, the most successful madam in Utah history; and Rosetta Ducinnie Davie, the heiress to London’s legacy who became a celebrity on the street, in the courts, and in the press. Material from previously unexploited archives and more than one hundred historic photos enrich this narrative of a turbulent but unforgettable street.

Val Holley is a native of Weber County, Utah, attended Weber State College, and received a BA in journalism from BYU, a JD from the University of Utah, and an MLS from the Catholic University of America. For three decades he has been a law librarian and an independent historian in Washington, DC. He is the author of James Dean: The Biography and Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip.

From: University of Utah Press Release

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

Intimate: Writing the Dual Hybrid Biography

Book cover for Intimate: An American Family PHoto Album by Paisley Rekdal Portrait of author Paisley Rekdal by photographer Tommy ChandlerSunday, February 23rd, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Paisley Rekdal

Intimate: AnAmerican Family Photo Album (Tupelo Press, 2012) is a hybrid memoir and “photo album” that blends personal essay, historical documentary, and poetry to examine the tense relationship between self, society, and familial legacy in contemporary America. Typographically innovative, Intimate creates parallel streams, narrating the stories of the relationship between her Norwegian-American father and her Chinese American mother, and between the photographer Edward S. Curtis, and Curtis’s murdered Apsaroke guide, Alexander Upshaw. The result is panoramic, a completely original literary encounter with intimacy, identity, family relations, and race.  - Tupelo Press

Paisley Rekdal is also the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (Pantheon, 2000; Vintage, 2002), and four books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye. Her work has received a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship. Her poems and essays have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Nerve, American Poetry Review and on NPR. She received the University of North Texas Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry award in 2013 and, Animal Eye, was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts award in poetry. She is the creator and managing editor for Mapping Salt Lake City, a community-written web atlas that maps the various communities and neighborhoods of Salt Lake City through critical and creative literature, interactive maps, and multi-media projects ( Paisley is a professor of English at the University of Utah.

Tracks in the Amazon: The Day-to-Day Life of the Workers on the Madeira-Mamore Railroad

Poster for talk about the book Tracks in the Amazon: The Day-to-day life of the Workers on the Madeira-Mamore Railroad by Gary and Rose NeelmanTuesday, December 3rd, 2013, Noon - 1:30 PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Authors Gary Neelman and Rose Neelman

When construction of the Madeira-Mamoré Railroad began in 1867, Bolivia had lost its war with Chile, causing it to become landlocked and unable to ship its minerals and other products from the Pacific Coast. Since Bolivia needed to find a way to move products from the Atlantic Coast, the government decided a railroad should be built around the Madeira River—which originates in Bolivia and travels almost 2,000 miles through Brazil to the Amazon—facilitating shipment to foreign markets via the Amazonian waterway. Completion of the railroad was initially stalled by lack of funding, but the project was resurrected in the early twentieth century and completed in 1912. Intended as an integral piece of the rubber export industry, the railroad became unnecessary once the world supply of rubber moved from Brazil to Asia.

Although there have been many brief chronicles and writings about the Madeira-Mamoré Railroad over the years, most barely scratch the surface of this incredible story. Of particular import in Tracks in the Amazon are the photographs—which until now have rarely been seen—taken by Dana Merrill, a New York photographer hired to document the construction of the railroad. It also includes reproductions of the Porto Velho Marconigram, an English-language newspaper written for and by the American expatriates who lived in the construction headquarters at Porto Velho. Because this unique railroad traversed the densest tropical jungle on earth, more than 10,000 workers lost their lives laying the first five miles of track. The images and descriptions of the life of the workers on the railroad illustrate the challenges of working in the jungles—the unforgiving climate, malaria and yellow feverbearing mosquitoes, and the threat of wild animals—which made conditions for the workers next to impossible.

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country

Flyer for talk about the book Roads in the Wilderness Conflict in Canyon Country by Jed RogersSunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize in American Environmental or Western History author Jedediah S. Rogers

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

The Selected Letters of Bernard DeVoto and Katharine Sterne

Book cover for The Selected Letters of Bernard DeVoto and Katharine Sterne by Mark Devoto Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Professor Emeritus and author Mark Devoto

Bernard DeVoto was an historian, critic, editor, professor, political commentator, and conservationist, and above all a writer of comprehensive skill. A busy man with a busy life, DeVoto found time to write and answer letters in abundance. In 1933 he received a fan letter from Katharine Sterne, a young woman hospitalized with tuberculosis; his reply touched off an extraordinary eleven-year correspondence. Sterne had graduated with honors from Wellesley College in 1928 and had served as an assistant art critic at the New York Times before her illness. Despite her enforced invalidism she maintained an active intellectual life. Sterne and DeVoto wrote to each other until her death in 1944, sometimes in many pages and as often as twice a week, exchanging opinions about life, literature, art, current events, family news, gossip, and their innermost feelings. DeVoto’s biographer, Wallace Stegner, states that in these letters DeVoto “expressed himself more intimately than in any other writings.” Although their correspondence amounted to more than 868 letters (and is virtually complete on both sides), DeVoto and Sterne never met, both of them doubtless realizing that physical remoteness permitted a psychological proximity that was deeply nourishing.

Mark DeVoto, musicologist and composer, is an expert in early 20th-century music. A graduate of Harvard College (1961) and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1967), he is professor emeritus of music at Tufts University. In 1997 he edited the Altenberg Lieder, op. 4, for the new edition of Alban Berg's complete works, and wrote the revised fourth (1978) and fifth (1987) editions of Harmony by his teacher Walter Piston. In 2004 he published Debussy and the Veil of Tonality: Essays on his Music (Pendragon Press).

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea

Book cover of To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Robert KeiterSunday, September 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Wallace Stegner Professor of law and University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Robert Keiter

When the United States first established the national park system in 1916, the goal "to conserve unimpaired" seemed straightforward. In his recently published book entitled To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea (Island Press, 2013), Dr. Robert Keiter traces the history of the idea of a national park system from its inception. In addition to tracing the original concept of national parks as wilderness sanctuaries, playgrounds and educational facilities, he examines key controversies that have shaped the parks and park management efforts over the decades to accommodate growing mass tourism while still preserving them as wilderness areas.

In his book, Keiter argues that parks cannot be treated as special islands, but must be managed as the critical cores of larger ecosystems and that the National Park Service must work with surrounding areas so that the parks can meet the needs of critical habitat, clean air and water while at the same time providing sanctuaries where people can experience nature. He maintains that the goal of conserving, unimpaired, must remain, but that the national park idea can and must go much farther. 

Dr. Keiter is the Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, University Distinguished Professor, and founding Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

Music to Die For

Book cover Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias

Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Award-winning author and musician Gerald Elias

Gerald Elias is an acclaimed author and musician. A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, he has concertized on five continents as violinist and conductor, and his compositions have been performed throughout the United States. Since 2004 he has been music director of the Vivaldi by Candlelight concert series in Salt Lake City, and since 1989 a faculty member of the University of Utah. His award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series, based upon experiences gleaned from his lifelong musical career, takes place in the dark corners of the classical music world and has won extensive critical praise. In addition to his latest novel, Death and Transfiguration (Minotaur Books 2012), he is also the author of Devil’s Trill (Minotaur, 2009) which was selected by Barnes and Noble for their 2009 Discover Great New Writers catalog; Danse Macabre (Minotaur 2010), hailed as one of the top five mysteries in 2010 by Library Journal and named the Book of the Year award for fiction from the Utah Humanities Council in 2010; and Death and the Maiden (Minotaur 2011).

 For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

My Canyonlands: The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost

Jeep in Chelser Park, Canyonlands National Park.  1962.  Photograph by Earl T. Van Pelt

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Award-winning documentary filmmaker Chris Simon

Chris Simon will show and then discuss her film, My Canyonlands: The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost. Kent Frost, now 96, is the last of the old time river-runners and a legendary backcountry guide from southeastern Utah’s canyon country. As a boy, Kent explored the wild canyons on foot; as a man, he ran its rivers, developed backcountry tourism, and helped create Canyonlands National Park. Simon’s beautiful and intimate film reveals how the power of place can give shape and meaning to a life that makes a difference. My Canyonlands is an enthralling portrait of an American original and his fierce love of the land.

Celebrating: Willam Christensen and Fifty Years of Ballet West

Victoria Morgan in CArmina Burana, 1975. Photograph by KEnn Duncan LTD. Part of the Ballet West Photograph Collection P0247.

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at  3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Adam Sklute, Bruce Caldwell, Barbara Hamblin and  Rosanne Lazzara
Moderator: Ken Verdoia

Fifty years ago, Ballet West was established by Willam F. Christensen and Utah’s “First Lady of the Arts” Glenn Walker Wallace in Salt Lake City in 1963. Christensen had established the first ballet department in an American university at The University of Utah in 1951, which grew into the Utah Civic Ballet, Ballet West’s first incarnation. Christensen developed a distinctly American and theatrical repertoire for his company based on his early training in Utah and New York City. He built a strong connection to the works of George Balanchine and created the first full-length American productions of Coppélia, Swan Lake, and his production of The Nutcracker, which remains in Ballet West’s repertoire and was performed at the Kennedy Center in December of 2012.

An accompanying exhibit of archived manuscript and photographic materials will be on display in the Special Collections Reading Room Through February 28th. Highlights include costumes on loan from Ballet West.


Judy Jarrow
Program Manager, Special Collections

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