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Writing the Plains, Conserving the Future – POSTPONED to March 19

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Writing the Plains, Conserving the FutureJoin Joseph and Anthony Amato and William Hoffman on March 19, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., for a discussion of the book Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives.

The book explores the people and nature of the northern plains as related to conservation. It is a reflection on conservation meanings and practices and serves as a call to action to preserve and protect plains and prairie ecosystems.

The essays draw on human encounters with a wide range of species such as alfalfa, antelope, bison, cattle, corn, coyotes, deer, ducks, honeybees, mustangs, pheasants, wheat, and wolves. 

Event Details

WhatWriting the Plains, Conserving the Future
When:March 19, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Magrath Library SMART Learning Commons

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About the presenters

Writer and poet Joseph Amato is a retired historian who taught regional history at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall. A Minnesota Book Awards winner, he has written 25 books on the themes of small towns, rural culture and ethnicity, regional demographics, and Midwestern farm, village, and rural life. He will provide a historical framework of U.S. conservation policy based on his essay about conservation “from farm field to biosphere.”

Anthony Amato, the book’s editor, is an associate professor of social science at SMSU. He will discuss how the book came about, the malleable meanings of plains conservation, and his essay about honeybees, pheasants, lake politics, and ethanol.

William Hoffman is a writer in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology. He will talk about his encounter with the legacy of pioneering University ecosystems ecologist Raymond Lindeman. He will also highlight the broader conservation crisis arising from the growing human planetary eco-footprint.

Join us as we discuss the authors’ essays and understand how we can support preservation of the plains.


March 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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