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Join moderator C.J. Alvarez with presenters David Treuer and Patty Limerick for “Justice, Public Lands, and Indigenous Peoples,” a virtual presentation and live Q&A.
Over a century after the establishment of our national parks, questions about the scope of parks and other public lands, their management, and the heritage of their original Indigenous stewards are increasingly the focus of debate. Join SAR as two historians and an Indigenous writer discuss how public lands may figure in efforts to undo past injustice.
C.J. Alvarez is an associate professor in the department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he writes and teaches about the history of the U.S.-Mexico border and environmental history. He is the author of the book Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the U.S.-Mexico Divide (University of Texas Press, 2019), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of the Southwest, the Western Historical Quarterly, and Environment, Space, Place. He is currently working on a book project about the history of the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest and least known desert in North America. During the 2019-2020 academic year this work was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the School for Advanced Research. His book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, parts of which were drafted at SAR, was a 2019 finalist for both the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at USC.
Patty Limerick, an eminent historian of the American West, is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. Limerick is also known as an energetic, funny, and engaging public speaker, sought after by a wide range of Western constituencies that include private industry groups, state and federal agencies, and grassroots organizations.
This event has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.