Winter 2021 (Vol. 07)
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The Sea of Grass: An Family Tale from the American Heartland
2021 Annaley Naegle Redd Lecture
This is the 2021 Annaley Naegle Redd Lecture. Walter R. Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) is a distinguished Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, law professor, and activist. He was at the center of the passage of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and 1994 American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments. His books include In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (2010), In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2013), and The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland (2018). In this lecture he will share from The Sea of Grass, a historical-fiction novel based on his Pawnee ancestors on the Great Plains.
Thomas Alexander, professor emeritus, Brigham Young University
Fear and Flight, Brigham Young and the Move to Central Utah During the Utah War
2021 Clarence Dixon Taylor Lecture
This is the 2021 Clarence Dixon Taylor Lecture. The Clarence Dixon Taylor awards and lecture exist to highlight this histories of Utah, Wasatch, and Carbon Counties in Utah. Alexander is emeritus professor of history at Brigham Young University and former director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. He is a prolific scholar and author of multiple books. His most recent is Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019).
The Writing Westward Podcast is over a year old and still keeping up with the episode-per-month schedule. 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.Recent Episodes:
(full episode list at www.writingwestward.org)
- 029 - James R. Skillen -This Land is My Land: Rebellion in the West (Jan. 2021)
- 028 - Bathsheba Demuth -Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (Dec. 2020)
- 027 - Barney Scout Mann -Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail (Nov. 2020)
- 026 - Sherry L. Smith -Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America (Oct. 2020)
- 025 - Kenneth F. Dewey, Dan O'Brien, & Larkin Powell -Great Plains Weather, Bison, & Birds (Sept. 2020)
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Winter 2021 Intermountain Histories Project Interns
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. As an Intermountain Histories project intern, Makoto intends to practice presenting history to general audiences, further cultivate research ability, and deepen understanding of the history of the Intermountain West, a region he has called home for most of his life. By doing so, Makoto hopes to gain skills he can use to reflect on and build up those communities which have influenced his life, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the western Japanese diaspora.