Wednesday, December 2
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member)
Thomas Andrews’ newest historical work, “Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies,” offers a meditation on the environmental and historical pressures that have shaped and reshaped one small stretch of North America, from the last ice age to the latest controversies over climate change and the advent of the Anthropocene.
From the emergence and dispossession of the Utes, who for centuries adapted to a stubborn environment, to settlers intent on exploiting the land, to forest-destroying insect invasions and a warming climate that is pushing entire ecosystems to the brink of extinction, “Coyote Valley” underscores the value of drilling deep into the Rocky Mountain National Park history for core relationships—to the land, climate, and other species—that complement broader truths.
Thomas Andrews is a history professor at the University of Colorado and author of the acclaimed 2008 book “Killing For Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War.”