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Water in the West is topic of Sept. 18 Wallace Stegner Lecture

August 23, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman- Donald Worster, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author and the Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, will talk about the history of water in the West during the 2006 Wallace Stegner Lecture to be delivered at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

The Stegner Lecture is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair at Montana State University and is free and open to the public.

Worster is the author of several works including "A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell," and "Rivers of Empire," which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Worster writes and lectures about environmental history of North America and the world; U.S. West; U.S. cultural and social history. He is a former president of the American Society for Environmental History and a member of the Western History Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association.

Worster's Stegner Lecture is in conjunction with the 2006 Northwest Water Policy and Law Symposium to be held Sept. 18-20 at the Holiday Inn. Hosted jointly by the Montana Water Center, the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU, and the Inland Northwest Research Alliance, the two-day symposium will explore solutions in three areas of water policy: surface-water/ground-water interaction, water infrastructure management, and conflicting land and water-use laws.

For more information on the Stegner Lecture, contact Gordon Brittan at the MSU History and Philosophy Department at 994-4395. For more information about the 2006 Northwest Water Policy and Law Symposium, go to

Contact: Julie Hitchcock (406) 994-0336,, Gordon Brittan 994-4395.