Next: Karen Merrill on the Modern American West

By Gregory Parker
Nov 13, 2013 Bookmark and Share


The Eisenberg Institute continues its Fall 2013 Thursday Speaker Series on November 21, 4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, with Karen R. Merrill's lecture, "Real and Ineffable Properties: Resource Politics and the Modern American West". The talk follows the Institute's 2013-15 theme, "Materials of History." Link for a lecture abstract. Free and open to the public.

Karen R. Merrill is the Frederick Rudolph ’42 – Class of 1965 Professor of American Culture in the Department of History at Williams College. She is the author of The Oil Crisis of 1973-74: A Brief History with Documents (2007) and Political Meaning: Ranchers, the Government, and the Property between Them (2004). Most recently, she was contributing editor of a special issue of the Journal of American History, “Oil in American History,” to which she also contributed two essays. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan History Department in 1994, where she wrote her dissertation under Terrence McDonald.

On Friday, November 22, 12 p.m. in 1014 Tisch Hall, the Eisenberg Institute presents the workshop, "Contested Categories: Translating Legal Principles into Political Rallying Points". The panel features Karen R. Merrill, Ananda Burra (Ph.D. Candidate, History and Law, University of Michigan) and Scott De Orio (Ph.D. Candidate, History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan). Chaired by Perrin Selcer (Assistant Professor, History, University of Michigan). Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.

These events have been made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.

Image: Mardy and Olaus Murie hiking along Last Lake, Sheenjek Valley, Alaska, 1956 (photo by George Schaller; The Murie Center Archives).