The Center of the American West takes as its mission the creation of forums for the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives in the pursuit of solutions to the region's difficulties. We at the Center believe that an understanding of the historical origins of the West's problems, an emphasis on the common interests of all parties, and a dose of good humor are essential to constructive public discussion.

Water Crisis in the West: Thinking Like a Watershed

February 13, 2014


KiMO Theatre, Albuquerque, NM (map)

“Thinking Like a Watershed” is a series of five presentations featuring widely recognized humanity scholars who will speak on different topics pertaining to the unique and fragile water system in the North American Southwest.

The first panel on February 13, will provide an historic overview of human habitation and water use in the Southwest. It will address issues including global warming and climate instability, and the effects of Manifest Destiny on indigenous cultures and southwestern habitat.  It will also bring attention to the limitations of capitalism in a world of finite resources, and the relationship between water, coal and hydro-electricity, and associated factors. Along with Patty Limerick the two other panelists will be: historian and author Dr. William deBuys; and author, photographer and polemicist John Nichols.

For more information visit the KiMO Theatre web page here.