Morning Speakers

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bio: Dr. Sarah Keyes is a historian of the United States. She specializes in the history of the U.S. West with a focus on the environment and intercultural interactions between Native and Euro-Americans. Her current work explores these topics along the overland trails to Oregon and California in the mid-nineteenth century. The working title of her book manuscript (based on her doctoral dissertation) is, “Death’s Purchase: The Overland Trail and the Making of Transcontinental America.” She has published in the Journal of American History and will soon publish in the Western Historical Quarterly and the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Bio:Robert Marks is Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies.  After 41 years on the Whittier College faculty, he retired in 2019 and now lives fulltime in the Eastern Sierra.  He is the author of several notable books and articles on Chinese and world environmental history, including Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in South China (1998), The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century (4th ed. 2019), and China: An Environmental History (2nd ed., 2017) (all translated into Chinese).  He has presented papers at conferences in China, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Japan, and the Netherlands. In 1997, he received the Aldo Leopold Award for the best article in the journal Environmental History from the American Society for Environmental History, and Tigers was featured in the New York Historical Society’s “Books That Matter” campaign in 2008.  He has received numerous fellowships, including the Graves Award (ACLS-administered), several NEH fellowships, fellowships for research in China, and in 2017 was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for East Asian Environmental History.  In March 2020, he was honored by colleagues from around the world for his role over the past 25 years in founding and growing the field of Chinese environmental history.

Bio:Dr. Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. His most recent books include Gifford Pinchot: Selected Writings (2017), Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream (2016) and America’s Great National Forests, Wilderness, and Grasslands (2016). Other works include the award-winning Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism (2004), On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest (2013) and Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (2013). Co-author of Death Valley National Park: A History (2013) and co-editor of Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene: Science, Policy, and Practice (2016), Miller is a Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and a Fellow of the Forest History Society.

Kathy Jefferson Bancroft was born and raised in the town of Lone Pine, the surrounding valley of Payahuunadü and the back country of the Sierra Nevada.  Kathy is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation and the President of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Inc.

Shawn Lum is the Executive Director of the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine. She is passionate about local history, and has spent her 20+ year career as a museum professional in California. Shawn is a past president of the California Association of Museums. She currently serves on the Board of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group.

Afternoon Tours

Afternoon Tours Released at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 24, 2020