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[Fettuccine Forum] The View From the Top: Climate Change in the West and the World

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT


Climate Change in the West and the World

Lively and informal, the series invites the public to interact with politicians, artists, historians, activists, advocates, and professionals in an effort to promote good citizenship and responsible growth through education. These hour-long events will take place over ZOOM and are free and open to the public, with pre-registration required. Only one registration is required per household. Live American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided during the presentation. Support from the Office of the Mayor, Boise State Public Radio, and the Department of History  at Boise State University all make the Forum possible. 

Dr. Sara Dant, professor, and Chair of History at Weber State University, reflects on how a two-week float trip north of the Arctic Circle coupled with a unique encounter with Porcupine caribou migrating north out of the Brooks Range along the Hulahula River to the Beaufort Sea, might inspire a sustainable future for the West and the world. In her talk, Dr. Dant will explore the following questions: Can oil drilling and caribou mix? Is it possible to balance the environment and economy? Can we afford not to?

Sara Dant is Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor and Chair of History at Weber State University whose work focuses on environmental politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the creation and development of consensus and bipartisanism. Dr. Dant’s latest book is Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West (Wiley, 2017), a “thought-provoking, well-written work” about the interaction between people and nature over time. She is currently working on the Second Edition, which will be published by University of Nebraska Press. Dr. Dant is also an advisor and interviewee for Ken Burns’ forthcoming The American Buffalo documentary film, the author of several prize-winning articles on western environmental politics, a precedent-setting Expert Witness Report and Testimony on Stream Navigability upheld by the Utah Supreme Court (2017), co-author of the two-volume Encyclopedia of American National Parks (2004), and she has written chapters for three books on Utah. Dr. Dant was the 2019-2020 John S. Hinckley Fellow at Weber State for excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service and was recognized as a Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor in 2020.

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