The Colorado River: Flowing through Conflict

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Lecture/Book Signing: Oct 13, 2pm, Main Library Auditorium
Reception: Oct 13, Following lecture, Gallery at Library Square

Photographer Peter McBride and author Jonathan Waterman have collaborated on a book full of stunning images to tell the story of the Colorado River. The seventh largest river in the United States supports over thirty million residents for drinking water, electricity, and irrigation. It is one of the most diverted, dammed, silted-up, loved and litigated rivers in the world. The heavy demand on the river has permanently altered the ecology of the Colorado River Basin.

Join McBride and Waterman as they discuss their project, and share their insights into the issues that affect the river, and by default, all of us.

Pete McBride is an award winning photographer, writer and visual storyteller whose love of adventure, cultures and the outdoors have taken him on assignment throughout the world to over 60 countries. Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, Pete is passionate about story telling and unique, gripping ways to communicate them, whether it involves vantages from 20,000 feet or swimming below icebergs. His photography honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, Communications Arts, The Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Publication Designers and a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. When not on assignment, you can find Peter in the mountains or on the rivers around the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.

Jonathan Waterman started shooting photographs on his expeditions three decades ago, but also found his calling and is principally known as a writer. He has starred in and written films for television, including The Logan Challenge(PBS, 1991), Surviving Denali (ESPN, 1994), Odyssey Among the Inuit (OLN, 2000), and ANWR Trek (PBS 2007). He’s mostly known for his time exploring the North, detailed in six of his eleven books and in journals such as the Washington Post, Adventure, Hooked On the Outdoors, Outside, Backpacker, Climbing, and Rock and Ice. In 2007, he turned his focus to the rivers of the Southwest, beginning with an arduous journey and research project on the Colorado River, and in 2011, with a photographic investigation of 16 drying rivers from the Rio Grande to the Tijuana. To support his work, he has received three grants from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council, two grants from the Walton Family Foundation, and grants from the Storer Foundation,, the Kenney Brothers Foundation, New Belgium Brewing, Patagonia, and the Campion Foundation.

This event is part of the Fifteenth Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. For further information visit Utah Humanities Book Festival or download the attached schedule of events.

Location: Main Library Auditorium, Gallery at Library Square

Contact Information: (801) 524-8200