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Friday, August 23, 2013

Jared Farmer @ Annual Utah State History Conference (Salt Lake City Main Library: Sept. 5)

"The Making and Unmaking of Utah":
Keynote Presentation by Jared Farmer
SALT LAKE CITY - Award-winning author Jared Farmer will kick off the 61st Annual Utah State History Conference with an illustrated keynote presentation, "The Making and Unmaking of Utah," Thursday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library. 
"Dr. Farmer is an innovative historian who helps us see the past and our relationships with new eyes," says Brad Westwood, newly-appointed director of the Utah Division of State History / Utah State Historical Society.  "In particular, his work sheds light on our relationships with the land, with the stories we tell and live by, and with each other. We are pleased this Utah native and nationally recognized historian will be offering some innovative perspectives on Utah´s historical landscape."

Dr. Farmer studies how landscape, environment, science, culture, and religion overlap and affect each other.  As he shows in diverse writings, Utah is particularly rich in these relationships.  His book on Mount Timpanogos--On Zion´s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape--won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, which honors both literary merit and contribution to history. He has also written about Glen Canyon, the dam, and Lake Powell; Mormon sacred space; Abbey´s Desert Solitaire; California trees; and more. 

Farmer is a professor at SUNY - Stony Brook and visiting Fellow at the University of Utah´s Tanner Humanities Center.  His presentation is sponsored by the Utah Division of State History, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and other partners. 

His speech will be followed by the Annual Utah State History Outstanding Contribution Awards presentation.  For more information, see http://history.utah.gov, or call Alycia Aldrich at 801-245-7226.

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