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Fall Speaker Series: Great Trees, Yellowstone, and Myths of the American West

Oct 12 2016

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Frederic Remington's 'A Dash for the Timber' from 1889

We're excited to announce a terrific slate of events this month. In the coming weeks, we will welcome three distinguished speakers who will share their unique perspectives on the majestic trees, landscapes, and myths of the American West.

We invite you to join us for one or all of these afternoon talks to learn and engage with our presenters.


Thursday, October 13 in Shriram 262 (Registration Full)

King Sequoia: America's Relationship with the Big Trees
William Tweed, former chief naturalist, historian, and writer for the National Park Service

Tweed will discuss his newly published book, King Sequoia, which takes readers on a tour of the Big Trees in a narrative that weaves through the Sierras, around the West, and all the way to New Zealand while exploring the American public's evolving relationship with sequoias.


Wednesday, October 19 in Y2E2 300

A Love Affair with Yellowstone National Park
Janet Chapple, Author of Through Early Yellowstone and Yellowstone Treasures

Janet Chapple is a Montana native whose parents once worked at Old Faithful Inn. Her talk will focus on her most recent book, Through Early Yellowstone, an anthology of entertaining accounts of travel through Yellowstone that takes readers back to 1871. Along with numerous historical photos and artwork, the book features a color gallery of watercolor paintings by Thomas Henry Thomas from 1884 that have never been seen outside of Wales.


Friday, October 28 in Shriram 262 (Registration Full)

Theatricalizing the West: Myth or Reality?
William Eddelman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre History and Design, Stanford University

Among the myths that America has created, the "American West" is one of the most potent and long lasting. William Eddelman will present a highly illustrated lecture that will explore the people and the situations that led to the creation of the "western myth," how it appeared in plays and films; and the differences between myth and reality. If you missed Professor Eddelman's opening talk at the Legion of Honor in June, this is a great opportunity to hear him on campus.


A light lunch will be served for those who RSVP in advance. Room capacity for these events is limited, and seating will be first-come, first served. Please note that registration deadlines are listed on the individual event pages. All talks run from 12:00-1:30pm.

Given the timing of these events, we encourage guests coming from off-campus to take advantage of the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. The X-line runs from Caltrain every 20 minutes and stops at Y2E2, directly across from the lunchtime venues.

Read more on our events page »


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