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The Andrew Norman Guest Lecturer Series

An endowment from the Andrew Norman Foundation in 1988 established an annual guest lectureship which brings distinguished men and women in the forefront of regional politics, environmental issues, education, culture and arts to enhance the understanding of the communities of Colorado College and Colorado Springs about the Southwest.

2014-2015 Andrew Norman Lecture

Lecture by Marsha Weisiger, PhD (Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History at University of Oregon) 

Marsha Weisiger

Marsha Weisiger is the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History and an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Oregon. Her lecture, "Narrating Adventure Down the Colorado River," explores the gendered ways that men and women have performed and narrated their adventures down the Green and Colorado rivers over the century from John Wesley Powell’s expeditions of 1869-72 through Edward Abbey’s trip for Playboy Magazine in 1977. She will also participate in a panel discussion of the documentary Weaving Worlds, preceded by a screening of that film, directed by Bennie Klain.

Professor Weisiger is a scholar of environmental history and the American West. She wrote the prize-winning Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country (2009) and Land of Plenty: Oklahomans in the Cotton Fields of Arizona, 1933-1942 (1995). Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the American Association of University Women, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others, have supported her work. She has also published essays on wolf reintroduction in the Southwest, gendered environmental history, and environmental justice, including “Happy Cly and the Unhappy History of Uranium Mining on the Navajo Reservation,” published in Environmental History. 

This year, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is finishing the archival research for two book projects. The River Runs Wild plumbs the meanings of “wild” through an exploration of western rivers, and Danger River examines how men and women narrated their adventures down the Green and Colorado rivers. This work emerged from her passion for running rivers, her curiosity about riverine ecosystems, and her desire to promote the resilience of the rivers of the North American West. A third study underway, Ecotopia Rising, examines the significance of the hippie counterculture to the environmental movement of the 1970s.

Prior to her academic career, Professor Weisiger worked as a public historian, focusing on historic preservation. Her forthcoming book, Buildings of Wisconsin, examines the built environment to illuminate Wisconsin's social, economic, and environmental history.

Professor Weisiger teaches courses on environmental history, the American West, the West in popular culture, and the craft of writing history.

Norman Lecture, 7:30 pm, April 27, 2015—Gaylord Hall of the Worner Student Center.  Film Screening and Discussion, 7:00pm, April 28, 2015—Cornerstone Screening Room. FREE AND OPEN to the public.


Charles Ramirez-Berg, PhD 

“Latino Images in Film”

Enrique Lamadrid/ Concert by Brenda Romero
"Poetry, Violence, and Memory: Corrido Ballads of New Mexico and Colorado"/ Concert: "An Evening of Romances and Inditas"
Charles Cameron Mann
"1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created"
Stanley Crawford
"The Traditional Acequia: Water and Community in Northern New Mexico."
Varied Speakers
Elliott West, PhD
"The View from Pikes Peak: Colorado's Gold Rush and the American West."


Gary Nabhan

”Renewing the Food Traditions of Chile Pepper Nation”


James Brooks

“Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Purity, and Prophetic Violence in the American Southwest”



Demetria Martínez

"Writing in the Margins: Poetry and Other Explorations"


Ana Alonso

"The Discourse of Mestizaje and Gender on Both Sides of the Border: Vasconcelos and Anzaldúa"


Martha Sandweiss

"Print the Legend: Photography and the Nineteenth Century West"


 Brent Michael Davids

"The Last of James Fenimore Cooper"



Euchee Indians

"A Celebration of Euchee Indian Culture and Tradition"


Linda Hogan

"Writing from the Land: A Reading and Conversation


John Mack Faragher

"The Frontier and West in our Time"


James Welch

"Looking for Buffalo Bill"


George J. Sánchez

"Race, Immigration and the Rise of Nativism in Late Twentieth Century America"




Charles Wilkinson

"Honoring the Work and Worldviews of the Continent's First Peoples: The Case of the Anasazi Sites of the Colorado Plateau"