Christian is the Assistant Department Head of Geology and Geologic Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on reconstructing past climates of an area using records preserved in cave formations. Climate science has been a politically controversial topic recently, but its origins are divorced from such politics, and go back a few centuries. By exploring the story of the scientists and science involved in climate, a clearer picture of what we know and how we know it will be revealed.
Brandi is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida. Brandi’s latest book is Ute Land Religion in the American West, 1879–2009. She grew up in Western Colorado and the ethnic cleansing of the Utes from Western Colorado seemed like a distant past. This changed, when, as a graduate student at the University of Colorado, she chose Josephine Meeker’s captivity narrative as a focus of a research paper. The facts of history woke her up to just how recent the past of ethnic cleansing was. Cultural memory forms the collection of stories, museums, public monuments, among other things, that build a culture’s understanding of itself and its past. Brandi will discuss the promising cultural memories emerging in Western Colorado.
Susan is an author, former president of Chicago Theological Seminary, a syndicated columnist, ordained minister, activist, theologian, and translator of the Bible. Susan’s most recent book is Women's Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theology and the Global War on Women. She is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. Some of her other books are #Occupy the Bible: What Jesus Really Said (And Did) About Money and Power and Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War.
Steve is the Principal Investigator in the Lab for Immunotherapy Studies in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. The Lab studies the role of the innate immune system in cancer and infectious diseases and works on development of new immunotherapeutic approaches to treat these diseases. Dr. Dow will provide insights into the ongoing research and developments at the Lab.
Nathan worked on the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Recovery Program as a seasonal volunteer field biologist from 1995 to 2005. Although wolf packs once roamed from the Arctic tundra to Mexico, loss of habitat and extermination programs led to their demise throughout most of the United States by early in the 1900s. In 1973, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern Rocky Mountain wolf (Canis lupus) as an endangered species and designated Greater Yellowstone as one of three recovery areas. From 1995 to 1997, 41 wild wolves from Canada and northwest Montana were released in Yellowstone National Park. The wolves from the growing population dispersed to establish territories outside the park where they are less protected from human-caused mortalities. The park helps ensure the species’ long-term viability in Greater Yellowstone and has provided a place for research on how wolves may affect many aspects of the ecosystem.