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Learning From the River

Sophomore College students in the Grand Canyon. Courtesy L. Oakes.

In late summer, E-IPER affiliated faculty David Kennedy (History), Buzz Thompson (Law), Nicole Ardoin (Education), and David Freyberg (CEE) and teaching assistants Amanda Cravens (PhD 3rd) Lauren Oakes (PhD 3rd), and Nicola Ulibarri (PhD 2nd) taught a Sophomore College course on "Water in the West: The Colorado River as Seen From a Raft in the Grand Canyon".

The month-long course introduced twelve rising sophomores to the historical, political, environmental and socio-cultural issues surrounding management of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. In addition to more traditional readings and lectures, the field course included a two-week raft trip down the Colorado with daily seminars along the way, meetings with National Park officials and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, a tour of Hoover Dam, and a service day on the South Rim. The students' final projects will be available on the Bill Lane Center for the American West's website. Read more about the Sophomore College program on their website.