Colorado State’s Inaugural Provost’s Lecture Series and Environmental Achievement Award Features Talk on New West

An new program at Colorado State University, the Provost’s Lecture Series and Award for Interdisciplinary Environmental Achievement, will feature one of Colorado’s most recognized academics in a talk on "Speaking Western: Promoting Conversations Between the Sciences and Humanities in the New West."

Patricia Nelson Limerick, director of the Center for the New West, will speak at 5 p.m. April 27 in Room 103A Chemistry Building. At the event, the Provost’s Award for Interdisciplinary Environmental Achievement will be given to an individual or group at Colorado State to recognize works that promote interdisciplinary environmental thinking and action.

Limerick has been a leader in the revival of Western history as a compelling field both in and out of academia. She also has been an advocate of taking academic knowledge outside the bounds of the university, writing for USA Today, The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Denver Post.

Limerick’s speaking circuit has included the American Association of Law Schools, the Bureau of Land Management Summit Conference, the Society of American Foresters and the International High Level Radioactive Waste Conference. As chairwoman of the board of directors of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Limerick has worked to build bridges between the disciplines in the academic community. She is author of "The Legacy of Conquest" and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

Refreshments and a booksigning of Limerick’s new work, "Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West," will take place prior to the lecture from 4:30 – 5 p.m. at Room 103A Chemistry Building, and after the lecture from 6:30-7 p.m. Questions and answers, the presentation of the Provost’s Award for Interdisciplinary Environment Achievement will immediately follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeanne Clark at 491-4697.