In his nonfiction, Barry Lopez writes often about the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture. In his fiction, he frequently addresses issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity. His first stories were published in 1966.
Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, the St. Francis of Assisi Award from DePaul University, and many more literary awards and honors. In 2002 he was elected a fellow of The Explorers Club.
Please join us on this day to enjoy the works of Mr. Lopez read by the author himself and to reflect on his life and work in conversation with his longtime friend and editor Mark Bryant.
The Timothy C. Linnemann Memorial Lecture features Professor Diana M. Liverman, regents professor of geography and development, and former co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. Liverman was the lead author for the IPCC Special Report on the World at the 1.5C conference.
Cornerstone Rm 131 (Screening Room), Colorado College
A talk by Audra Simpson
In what world do we imagine the past to be settled in light of its refusal to perish and allow things to start over anew? What are the conditions that make for this imagining, this fantasy or rather, demand of a new start point? In this piece Audra Simpson will consider the world of settler colonialism, and a world in which Native people and their claims to territory are whittled to the status of claimant or subject in time with the fantasy of their disappearance and containment away from a modern and critical present. Simpson will examine how the Canadian practice of settler governance has adjusted itself in line with global trends and rights paradigms away from overt violence to what are seen as softer and kinder, caring modes of governing but governing, violently still and yet, with a language of care, upon on still stolen land. This talk asks not only in what world we imagine time to stop, but takes up the ways in which those that survived the time stoppage stand in critical relationship to dispossession and settler governance apprehend, analyze, and act upon this project of affective governance. Here an oral and textual history of the notion of "reconciliation" is constructed and analyzed with recourse to Indigenous criticism of this affective project of repair.
A MacArthur fellow, David Montgomery is also a University of Washington professor and award-winning author; he will present the 2019 Harold D. and Rhoda N. Memorial Roberts Lecture in the Natural Sciences. His presentation will examine how ancient civilizations of the world were undermined by soil erosion, and introduce the "Brown Revolution" in soil restoration as a beacon of hope for world societies today.