Montana State University

Western historian to discuss gender differences in describing adventures

March 26, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Marsha Weisiger is the next speaker in MSU’s Wallace Stegner lecture series. She will speak April 2 in Bozeman.

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BOZEMAN – A Western historian who has written about everything from wolf reintroduction to uranium will speak Thursday, April 2, on the different ways that men and women have described their adventures down the Colorado River.

Giving the next address in Montana State University’s Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, Marsha Weisiger will speak at 6 p.m. in The Baxter ballrooms, 105 W. Main Street in Bozeman. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They can be picked up at MSU’s Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2-155 Wilson Hall.

Weisiger’s talk on “Narrating Adventure Down the Colorado River” will explain how men and women have performed and narrated their adventures down the Colorado River over the century from John Wesley Powell’s expeditions of 1869-72 through Edward Abbey’s trip for Playboy Magazine in 1977.

Weisiger is the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History and an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country and Land of Plenty: Oklahomans in the Cotton Fields of Arizona, 1933-1942. She has also written on wolf reintroduction in the Southwest, gendered environmental history, and environmental justice, including “Happy Cly and the Unhappy History of Uranium Mining on the Navajo Reservation,” published in Environmental History.

Weisiger currently holds a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on a book, The River Runs Wild, which plumbs the meanings of “wild” through an exploration of western rivers, and Danger River, which examines how men and women narrated their adventures down the Green and Colorado rivers.

For more information, email

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or