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Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Jenkinson performance to close 2006 State of the Rockies conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 28, 2006 – Clay Jenkinson, cultural commentator, author and first-person impersonator, will appear in character as John Wesley Powell and offer contemporary comments on Powell’s reactions to the challenges facing today’s Rocky Mountain region at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13 in Armstrong Theatre, located on the first floor of Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

The performance will wrap up the 2006 State of the Rockies Conference and is free and open to the public.

Jenkinson is considered the finest example of first-person historical interpretation in the nation and is best known for his recreation of Thomas Jefferson on the National Public Radio broadcast of the “Thomas Jefferson Hour.” His performances as Jefferson have won him multiple awards, including the prestigious Charles Frankel Prize, the National Endowment for the Humanities highest award.

John Wesley Powell was the one-armed Civil War veteran who explored the Colorado River in 1869, covering almost 1,000 miles with four boats and nine companions. His expedition led him to advocate a new way of mapping, settling and farming the land west of the 100th meridian. Powell, known as the father of the concept of bioregionalism in America, studied Native American languages and cultures and called for justice in the treatment of native tribes by the United States government.

In addition to portraying Powell and Jefferson, Jenkinson also has developed interpretations of Meriwether Lewis, Hamlin Garland, John Calvin, Jonathan Swift, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Jenkinson’s performance comes at the end of the four-day State of the Rockies Conference, which runs April 10-13, and features panels, discussions, and keynote speakers.
In addition to Jenkinson, other speakers include Bruce Runnels, vice president of the Rocky Mountain division of the Nature Conservancy; Joanna Prukop, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources; Bill Snape III, a member of the U.S. President's Trade and Environmental Policy Committee, environmental lawyer, former vice president and chief counsel of Defenders of Wildlife, and chair of the board of the Endangered Species Coalition; John Schiffer, rancher and Wyoming state senator; Daniel Kemmis, director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana; Jean Belille, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and an environmental protection specialist with the Environmental Justice Program at the EPA's Denver office; and Sandy Buffet, executive director of the Conservation Voters of New Mexico.
About the State of the Rockies Project
The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project is designed to provide a thoughtful, objective voice in regional issues by offering credible research on problems facing the Rocky Mountain West, and by convening citizens and experts to discuss the future of the region. Each year the project provides opportunities for collaborative student-faculty research partnerships, an annual State of the Rockies Report Card, and a companion State of the Rockies Conference. Taken together, these three arms of the Project offer the tools, forum, and accessibility needed for Colorado College to foster a strong sense of citizenship for its students, graduates and the broader regional community.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts and sciences college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,960 students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. For more information, visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu <http://www.ColoradoCollege.edu>.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A digital photo of Jenkinson is available upon request.