Thursday 25th July, 2013
9:15am to 10:45am
Char Miller is director of the environmental analysis program at Pomona College and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and B.A. from Pitzer College. He is author of the award-winning Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas and Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism. Most recently, Miller published Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy (2012) and is co-editor of Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel (2013). His latest books include On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest (2013) and Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (2013) and the co-authored Death Valley National Park: A History (2013). Miller is a regular contributor of essays, commentary, and reviews to professional journals, newspapers, and online media; his blog, Golden Green, explores environmental issues in California and the West for KCET.org.
Miller joined the Environmental Analysis Program in 2007, after a 26-year stint at Trinity University in San Antonio. This five-college major is deeply interdisciplinary in its focus – which means that we have seniors writing theses in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Working closely with the Honnold Library staff has been essential to the wrangling of this array of disciplines and topics into some coherence, giving the students a much sharper understanding of the work that they have embarked on. In his keynote address, Miller explores how knowing that their work is going to be archived with public access provides a clarifying urgency to the students research and writing.
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