The Robert G. Athearn Lecture Series
The late Prof. Robert G. Athearn (1914–1983) was a professor of Western History at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1947 until his retirement in 1982. An extraordinarily productive scholar, his publications included Westward the Briton (1953), Union Pacific Country (1971) The Coloradans (1976), The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad: Rebel of the Rockies (1977), The Mythic West in Twentieth Century America (1986), and William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West (reprint 1995).
Professor Athearn was one of the founders as well as past president of the Western History Association, and during his career held numerous positions on historical committees, academic societies, and editorial boards. His impact as a teacher was equally great, he instructed thousands of undergraduate students over the years, and trained a score of contemporary Western historians in the profession he loved. As part of his legacy, Dr. Athearn endowed a lectureship in the Department of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder to be held on topics in Western history.
The 24th Athearn Lecture
W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History at the University of California, Davis
"The Rising of God's Red Son:
The 1890 Ghost Dance Gospels and the Crisis of the Arid West"
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Hellems Building, Room 252
Dr. Louis Warren teaches and writes about 19th and 20th century Western U.S. history: immigration, environmental issues and demographic impacts. A specialist in environmental history, Warren is an authority on the history of conflicts between hunting and animal rights, no-growth and slow-growth movements, and Buffalo Bill Cody’s legacy. His acclaimed book, Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association, the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2005 and the 2005 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize. He also wrote The Hunter’s Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (Yale University Press, 1997), which won the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Book from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. Professor Warren is the Editor-in-Chief of Boom: A Journal of California.
Previous Athearn Lectures:
|Lecture||Lecturer||Affiliation||Title of Lecture|
|23rd||Mae M. Ngai||Columbia University||
"The True Story of Ah Jake: Language and Justice in Nineteenth-Century California"
|22nd||William F. Deverell||University of Southern California||"To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds:" The American West After the Civil War|
|21st||Char Miller||Pomona College||"Streetscape Environmentalism: Flood Control, Social Justice, and Political Power in San Antonio, 1921–1978"|
|20th||Ramón A. Gutiérrez||University of Chicago||"The Religious Thought of Reies López Tijerina and the Origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement"|
|19th||John R. Wunder||University of Nebraska, Lincoln||"Challenges to History and the Murder of Brandon Teena."|
|18th||James Brooks||School of American Research||"Friction: Conflict & Creativity in Our American Southwest"|
|17th||Virginia Scharff||Univ. of New Mexico||"The West As Home"|
|16th||Alan Taylor||Univ. of California, Davis||"Thomas Jefferson's Pacific: Making a Global West, 1763–1815"|
|15th||David Gutierrez||Univ. of California, San Diego||
|14th||Raymond DeMallie||University of Indiana||
"On Writing Lakota History"
(In honor of Vine Deloria's retirement)
|13th||Katherine Morrissey||Univ. of Arizona||"Mining Stories: Environmental Conflicts in the 20th Century Rocky Mountain West."|
Coming Out Under Fire
|"'No Race Baiting, Red–Baiting, or Queer Baiting!!' The Marine Cooks & Stewards Union from the Depression to the Cold War"|
|11th||Duane A. Smith||Ft. Lewis College||"A Tale of Two Towns"|
|10th||Peggy Pascoe||Univ. of Utah||"'I belong to the white race I suppose:' Miscegenation Law, Appeals Court, and the Classification of 'Races' in the American West"|
|9th||Quintard Taylor, Jr.||Univ. of Oregon||"From 'Freedom Now' to 'Black Power:' The Civil Rights Movement in Seattle, 1960–1970"|
|8th||Donald E. Worster||Univ. of Kansas||"The Black Hills: Sacred or Profane?"|
|7th||David Brion Davis||Yale University||"Exodus, Colonization and Promised Lands"|
|6th||John Mack Faragher||Mt. Holyoke College||"The Custom of the Country: Indian-White Marriages in the Trans-Mississippi"|
|5th||Gordon Hirabayashi||Univ. of Alberta||"Citizen or Non-Alien: An American Minority & the Constitution"|
|4th||Howard Lamar||Yale University||"The West and Frontier Violence: An Enduring Debate"|
|3rd||John W. Shy||Univ. of Michigan||"The Question of Violence in the American Revolution"|
|2nd||William Elliot West||Univ. of Arkansas||"Growing Up Western: Childhood on the Frontier"|
|1st||Gale McGee||Former Senator, Wyoming||"The New Politics of the Old West: Wyoming 1950–1960|