The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project 2010-2011 Speaker Series: Are Our Forests Dying? Forest Health in the Rockies


Big Burn: The Lasting Legacy of the Nation's Largest Wildfire



Lecture By: Timothy Egan


Monday October 18th

7:30PM Armstrong Hall, Colorado College Campus


Forest Health Speaker Series

During 2010-2011 the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project presents a monthly forest health symposium, a topic of common concern and importance throughout much of the Rocky Mountains. This year’s series, titled, “Are Our Forests Dying? Forest Health in the Rockies,” will feature speakers who will share their expertise and thought-provoking insights concerning our forests, their traditional ecological cycles, and impacts of human intervention in once-natural forest cycles. The second lecture of the series is titled, “Big Burn: The Lasting Legacy of the Nation’s Largest Wildfire.”  Award winning author and journalist Timothy Egan will speak about the nation’s largest wildfire which occurred in 1910, this year being its one hundredth anniversary.  He will draw upon his new book, a New York Times bestseller, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America. 

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About Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan is the author of six books. His most recent, THE BIG BURN – TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND THE FIRE THAT SAVED AMERICA, was a New York Times Bestseller and a winner of the 2009 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. His book on the Dust Bowl, THE WORST HARD TIME, won the 2006 National Book Award for nonfiction, considered one of the nation’s highest literary honors. He also shares a Pulitzer Prize, from 2001, as part of a team of New York Times reporters for their series, “How Race is Lived in America.” Mr. Egan is an online, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, writing his “Opinionator” feature once a week – with a Western perspective. Prior to that, Mr. Egan worked as a national correspondent for the Times, roaming the West. He has covered everything from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, to the O.J. Simpson trial to the collapse of small town America in the Great Plains. Mr. Egan is a regular contributor to BBC Radio, doing a series of vignettes on American life. A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Egan also holds an honorary doctorate of letters from Whitman College, and an honorary doctorate from Willamette University. A third-generation Westerner, Mr. Egan lives in Seattle.


-Book Signing Available after Lecture-

-Refreshments provided after Lecture-

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