Current research about the American West from faculty across campus will be featured in the inaugural Montana State University Festival of the West set at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Procrastinator Theater. The event, which is sponsored by MSU’s newest center, the Center for Western Lands and Peoples, is free and open to the public.
The event will showcase 15-minutes presentations by 10 members of MSU faculty working in history, English, geography, Native American Studies, ecology, films of the American West and the MSU Library. The event will also feature a poster session of graduate student research. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the SUB’s Leigh Lounge.
The faculty whose work will be presented include:
Bill Wyckoff, geography, speaking on “Rephotographing Arizona: Exploring Landscape Change with Norman Wallace.”
Andrew Hansen, ecology, will speak on “Nature and People in Greater Yellowstone: Opportunities and Challenges”
Linda Karell, English, will lecture on “Haunting and Haunted: Desire Lines in Western Women’s Memoirs.”
Walter Fleming, chair of MSU’s Department of Native American Studies, will speak on “Indigenous Studies Research and the American West”
Andrew Nelson, a film professor, will speak on “Preservation and Specialization in the New Golden Age of the Western”
Gretchen Minton, English, will discuss “Shakespeare’s Montana Schoolhouses”
Mark Fiege, history, and the current Walter Stegner Chair in Western Studies, will speak about “Reimagining Wonderland: National Parks and the Public Lands as Sites of Triumph, Tragedy, and Resistance”
Cindy Stillwell, film, will screen “Landscape Dreams and Visual Essays: A Work in Progress”
Jan Zauha and Hannah Mckelvey, professors in the MSU Library, will speak about “Beyond the Western: The MSU Library and the Digital American West.”
For more information about the event, go to the event’s website.
Susan Kollin (406) 994-5184, firstname.lastname@example.org