Upcoming President’s Lecture at UM to Spotlight ‘The Riddle of Sustainability’

November 07, 2014

MISSOULA – A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who specializes in the environmental history of the American West will deliver the next installment of the 2014-15 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

William Cronon, author of “Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West,” will present the Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture in Environmental Philosophy, “The Riddle of Sustainability: A Surprisingly Short History of the Future,” at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Cronon also will lead a seminar earlier that day, titled “The Portage: Storytelling and the Making of an American Place,” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.

With doctorate degrees from Oxford and Yale universities, Cronon currently serves as UW-Madison’s Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies. In 2003, he became the Vilas Research Professor, the university’s most distinguished chaired professorship.

Cronon has been a Rhodes Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow. He served as the president of the American Historical Association from 2012 to 2013.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu.