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Java & Justice Book Talks with Ruth Alexander & Jared Orsi presenting Tales of Memory, Environment, and Justice in Two National Parks.

February 6 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Center for Environmental Justice at CSU presents a Java & Justice Authors’ Talk: Tales of Memory, Environment, and Justice in Two National Parks

Tuesday, February 6- 4:30-6:15PM

Wolverine Farm and Publick House

RSVP: https://col.st/wtLy1


Join the Center for Environmental Justice for a lively presentation and discussion of two recent publications, followed by a casual reception.


A common way to think about national parks has been to assume that they are obligated to promote recreation and preservation but have often neglected the latter in favor of the former. Authors Ruth Alexander and Jared Orsi move beyond this binary, using the histories of specific national park sites to show how civic engagement, social and environmental justice, remembrance, and belonging have become core park obligations. Ruth will discuss how she expands our understanding of parks in Democracy’s Mountain: Longs Peak and the Unfulfilled Promises of America’s National Parks. Drawing from his recently published book, Peoples of a Sonoran Desert Oasis: Reclaiming the History and Culture of Quitobaquito, Jared will explore how officials at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument once erased evidence of Indigenous presence from the landscape to preserve a peopleless “wilderness” but more recently have worked with tribes to restore traditional access. 


February 6
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm