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Betsy Gaines Quammen American Zion, & David Quammen Spillover
Betsy Gaines Quammen American Zion, & David Quammen Spillover

Tue, Jun 16


Online via Zoom

Betsy Gaines Quammen American Zion, & David Quammen Spillover

Two books written for these very times! Betsy Gaines Quammen, American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West in conversation with David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. Co-hosted by Wildearth Guardians

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Jun 16, 2020, 6:00 PM

Online via Zoom

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American Zion is the story of the ongoing feud between Mormon ranching family the Bundys, the federal government, and the American public. Historian Betsy Gaines Quammen examines the roots of the Bundys’ cowboy confrontations, and how history has shaped an often-dangerous mindset which today feeds the militia movement and threatens public lands, wild species, and American heritage.

David Quammen wrote Spillover seven years ago. A prescient book that discusses how the next disease cataclysm will be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife, a phenomenon that experts call a “spillover.” In the book, he illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. "Spillover is a real-life thriller with an outcome that affects us all." ~~ Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

About the Authors:

Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and conservationist. She received a doctorate in Environmental History from Montana State University in 2017, her dissertation focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflicts. She has studied various religious traditions over the years, with particular attention to how cultures view landscape and wildlife. The rural American west, pastoral communities of northern Mongolia, and the grasslands of East Africa have been her main areas of interest.

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award in the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award. Quammen is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.

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