Montana State University

Wisconsin historian to deliver annual Wallace Stegner Lecture at MSU

March 10, 2004 -- by MSU News Service

William Cronon will deliver the Wallace Stegner Lecture at MSU. Photo provided courtesy of the MSU Stegner Chair Committee.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman -- William Cronon, a renowned historian who studies American environmental history and the history of the American West, will lecture on the past and future of environmentalism at this year's Wallace Stegner Lecture at Montana State University to be held at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. Admission is free.

The Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Cronon is one of America's best-known historians. He has written many landmark books and also makes frequent appearances on Ken Burn's "American Experience" series on PBS. At MSU Cronon will speak on "Saving Nature in Time: The Past and the Future of Environmentalism."

Among Cronon's books are: "Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England" (winner of the Francis Parkman Prize), "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West" (winner of the Bancroft Prize, the George Perkins Marsh Prize, and the Charles A. Weyerhauser Award) and "Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature." The subject matter of his new book on the evolving relationship between environmental history and environmentalism and what the two might learn from each other will be the focus of his Stegner Lecture.

A Chair in Western American Studies has been established in Wallace Stegner's name at Montana State University to follow Stegner's lead in understanding literature and history of the West and to protect and preserve what is most valuable about the land. Every year, the Stegner Chair Committee invites a speaker who has acquired the same wide audience to address these themes.

For more information, contact Gordon Brittan, MSU Department of History and Philosophy, at 994-5208.

Gordon Brittan (406) 994-5208