In this CU on the Weekend lecture, Thomas Andrews will explore the deep history of human-environment interactions in the Colorado River headwaters region of Rocky Mountain National Park from the end of the last ice age through the present day. By examining the successive stories of indigenous peoples, American miners and homesteaders, and federal land managers, we will trace the far-reaching social, economic and ecological forces that have molded the present of the Kawuneeche Valley...and its imperiled future, too.
Thomas G. Andrews is professor of history and director of graduate studies at CU Boulder and author of the award-winning books, Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War (2008) and Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies (2015). He teaches a wide range of courses in environmental history, the history of the U.S. West, and other subjects, and is passionate about educating current and future history teachers. Andrews is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award, and other honors. He specializes in the social and environmental history of the American West. He has a bacholor's degree from Yale and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To find out more, visit Andrews' website.