Dan Flores at the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Keynote Address

Elko Convention Center Auditorium
700 Moren Way
Elko, Nevada
Thursday, January 28, 2016
9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

The 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering keynote speaker is historian and natural ecologist of the Plains, Dan Flores. He brings a deep perspective to the environment and culture of the American West, and he provides a long-range view on the region's changing ecologies. His take on the historical meeting of environment and people provides a unique vantage point from which to understand the Northern Plains. Flores' talk will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Flores is a cultural and environmental historian of the American West. Currently residing outside of Santa Fe, he has authored eight books, including The Natural West and Visions of the Big Sky. Flores’ work takes a longue durée approach, encompassing both history and the present so that today's westerners can strive to make decisions that promote the long-term health of the land. He held the A.B. Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana from 1992 to 2014 and has been honored by the Western History Association, the Western Writers of America and others. Flores, already an expert on bison ecology, has two books forthcoming: American Serengeti and Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.

The keynote address by Flores is presented in partnership with Great Basin College.

This program is funded in part by Nevada Humanities, Nevada's nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.