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“To be an honest student of the American West,” writes Callan Showers, who is doing research for Galatée Films, “it is necessary to complicate [a] surface-level interpretation.”
“I’ve had a weird summer,” writes Yosemite Archives intern Emily Wilson, who had to evacuate in the face of an advancing wildfire. “I’m significantly more confident, and it now takes a lot to rattle me.”
Courts block grizzly hunts in Wyoming and Idaho and a pipeline in Canada; How long can Lake Powell prop up Lake Mead?; Facebook and the Navajo Nation have faith in renewables, and other recent articles about the West and its environment.
Aug 31 2018 | Out West student blog
While working to reconstitute Alcatraz features in 3-D renderings, writes the intern Nineveh O’Connell, “the dilemma I have faced time and time again is whether I am aiming to model, or to replicate?”
Aug 30 2018 | Out West student blog
What if your electic vehicle runs out of juice? At the California Energy Commission this summer, Michelle Solomon “has been focused on decreasing range anxiety through research into the future of the electric vehicle charging landscape in California.”
Communication Professor Fred Turner has been studying the role of art and countercultural movements – including the communal, participatory lifestyle celebrated at the annual Burning Man festival – that have had far-reaching influence in the workplace of tech firms. This October, he will present his scholarship for the Center’s ArtsWest Initiative.
Aug 29 2018 | Out West student blog
Helping Yellowstone National Park display artifacts on a television broadcast, writes intern Kerstin Heinrich, “was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of something that was broadcast around the world.”

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Mar 18 2019 | Happenings, ArtsWest
The contributions of all four speakers contributed to the sense of Burning Man as a type of experimental art utopia for those seeking an alternative to purely capitalist pursuits.
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Grey wolves are recovering and may be taken off of the federal Endangered Species List; mountain caribou conservation has not succeeded in the United States; avalanches ravage the Rockies during the wettest winter on record; the San Joaquin Valley suffocates while it feeds the country; and native bees in Utah host unwelcome houseguests. Explore these latest environmental reads.
Mar 5 2019 | ... & the West Blog
Green power source or fish killer? As older dams around the West come up for relicensing, their owners know that they’ll have to spend heavily to fix problems, while new energy sources are getting cheaper.