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ENVS Seminars | Spring 2021

The theme of this spring semester 2021 departmental seminar series is diversity in natural resources and environmental justice. Seminars will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID, the seminars will be held via Zoom.


Upcoming Seminar

February 24, 2021

Seminar Title:  Land-Grab Universities 

Speakers: Tristan Ahtone and Dr. Robert Lee

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Tristan AhtoneTristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and is editor-in-chief at the Texas Observer. He has reported for multiple outlets including PBS NewsHour, National Native News, NPR, Al Jazeera America and High Country News, where he served as Indigenous Affairs editor. Tristan’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He additionally was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University in 2017. Tristan is a director of the Muckrock Foundation and is a former president of the Native American Journalists Association.  

Robert LeeDr. Robert Lee is a lecturer in American History at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Selwyn College, and a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, a land-grant university. You can follow him on Twitter: Bobby Lee(@bobby_L33)  

Utah State University is a land-grant university. Our presenters this week are the authors of an in-depth investigation of the history of “land-grab” universities that was published in High Country News in March 2020. They will talk about their work and how land-grant/grab universities are responding to what the authors have revealed about their institutional histories. Their work has received much media attention with many interviews and stories readily available online.

Resources From High Country News:
Original HCN article, March 30, 2020
How They Conducted Their Investigation
Further reading on HCN's land-grants university investigation
A December 2020 update

Spring 2021 Seminars