WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23 10:00 a.m.-2:00 P.M. in UMC 235

The business meeting occurs in the morning. In the afternoon we will have a presentation by Patricia Limerick on:

"Moderating the Debate over Hydraulic Fracturing"

"Adventures in Applied History"

In the Fall of 2012, a consortium at the University of Colorado, Boulder, received a five-year, twelve-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation's Sustainability Research Network. The project has the goal of improving, by providing a better foundation in evidence, the quality of the region's and nation's consideration the controversial subject of natural gas development and, especially hydraulic fracturing to produce shale gas and oil.

The Center of the American West holds responsibility for the project's outreach and communications; the well-attended series FrackingSENSE began in February of 2013 and will start up again in October. The Center's mission, captured in its "turning hindsight in foresight," or applying historical perspective to contemporary conflicts and dilemmas, has never been put to a more strenuous test. Framed by reflections on the role of historians in public life, this talk will also present several preliminary impressions and conclusions emerging from the FrackingSENSE talks and other project activities.

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