2021 Fall Newsletter (vol. 08)

BYU Redd Center Newsletter

Fall 2021 (Vol. 08)

In this Issue:

- Fall 2021 Lectures

- Rensink on Sabbatical

- Redd Center 50th Anniversary Events

- Writing Westward Podcast Update

- Intermountain Histories Update and Stats

- New People at the Redd Center

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  Fall 2021 Lectures

Follow on YouTube and Facebook to find which of these lectures will be livestreamed.

Lecture titles are tentative and room locations are tentative. Updates will be posted on the individual Facebook Event page (linked below). View all upcoming events here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BYUReddCenter/events.

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September 23

Felipe Hinojosa, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University

Apostles of Change: Religion, Radical Politics, and the Latino Freedom Movement

September 23, 2021
11:00 AM
1060 HBLL, Reynolds Auditorium

Co-sponsored with the BYU History Department as the inaugural lecture in their Hispanic Heritage Month "Fernando Gomez Lecture Series on Latinos."



November 11

Maurice S. Crandall, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College

Rocking the Vote Then and Now: Why Native American Enfranchisement Matters



November 11, 2021
11:00 AM
B192 JFSB, Education in Zion Auditorium
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/946093402643521
This is the 2021 2019 William Howard and Hazel Butler Peters Lecture



 December 2

Eric Thacker, Associate Professor of Wildland Resources, Utah State University

Managing Public Lands Use and Dialog

December 2, 2021
11:00 AM
B192 JFSB, Education in Zion Auditorium
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/968701673909882

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  Rensink on Sabbatical

During the Fall 2021 semester Associate Director Brenden W. Rensink will be out of the office on sabbatical. He will be travelling around the West visiting archives to conduct research for his next book project. Please direct communication to Director Jay Buckley or Amy Carlin during these months.


Redd Center 50th Anniversary

 Mark your calendars for Friday, March 25, 2022 to join us in celebrating the 50th Anniverary of the Redd Center. Activities this day will include presentations on the Redd Center's history, the distribution of a new 50-Year Administrative History book, and a keynote address. Watch our blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.


Writing Westward Podcast Update

The Writing Westward Podcast just marked its 3-year anniversary, with 36 consecutive montly episodes. Each episode features a conversation with writers of new work on the North American West, sampling from a vareity of disciplines and subfields. The podcast is hosted and produced by Redd Center Associate Director, Professor Brenden W. Rensink. The podcast will be on hiatus for the Fall 2021 semester as Rensink is gone on sabbatical. It will resume in January 2022.

Recent Episodes:
(full episode list at www.writingwestward.org)

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  Intermountain Histories Update


The Intermountain Histories project curates local histories on a website (http://www.intermountainhistories.org) and free mobile apps (iOS and Android). Stories are written by students from universities around the Intermountain West, and in collaboration with various professors.

The project was recently featured in a number of news stories. Check them out!

  • BYU News and Provo Daily Herald, BYU professor highlights unsung stories from Utah’s rich pioneer history with Intermountain Histories website 
  • Deseret News, How this new mobile app can help you discover Utah’s forgotten immigrant pioneers
  • ABC4 News, Charting a course: BYU history professor, students building historical map of Intermountain West 
  • Inside Sources Podcast, Remembering Utah's Other Pioneers
  • Daily Herald


  • Appx. 450 stories with more being added every few weeks

  • 15 Collaborating Professors at 8 Universities

  • Over 250 student authors

  • 16 BYU Student Interns and 8 BYU Student Research and Editorial Assistants
  • Appx. 6,000 website users per month



Mobile Apps: Apple
iOS / iTunes Store

Google Play
Android Store


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  New People at the Redd Center


Fall 2021-Winter 2022 Intermountain Histories Research and Editorial Assistant

Makoto Hunter

As a BYU student, Makoto Hunter studies History and minors in Asia Studies while also pursuing a Ballard Scholar for Social Impact certificate. After completing undergraduate schooling, he plans to seek a Master's degree and study public history and museum studies with the goal of pursuing a career in museums and institutions.




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