In partnership with the Department of History, we're excited to announce a special book signing and lecture on April 24 with Dr. Leisl Carr-Childers, Assistant Professor of Public History and the American West at the University of Northern Iowa, and author of The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015). The University of Oklahoma Press web site notes:
"In The Size of the Risk, Leisl Carr Childers shows how different constituencies worked to fill the presumed “empty space” of the Great Basin with a variety of land-use regimes that overlapped, conflicted, and ultimately harmed the environment and the people who depended on the region for their livelihoods. She looks at the conflicts that arose from the intersection of an ever-increasing number of activities, such as nuclear testing and wild horse preservation, and how Great Basin residents have navigated these conflicts. Carr Childers’s study of multiple use in the Great Basin highlights the complex interplay between the state, society, and the environment, allowing us to better understand the ongoing reality of living in the American West."
Dr. Carr-Childers graduated from UNLV with a Ph.D. in history in 2011. Her dissertation “The Size of the Risk: An Environmental History of the Nuclear Great Basin” won both the Department of History and the College of Liberal Arts best dissertation award. In addition, she received the Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Award and was the recipient of the Hal Rothman Graduate Fellowship, a joint award presented by the UNLV Libraries and UNLV History Department. Carr-Childers was extensively involved in the Nevada Test Site oral history project and did numerous interviews that became a part of the project. She spent many hours in UNLV Libraries Special Collections doing research in their collections for her dissertation, and is a huge supporter of their work. In her dissertation acknowledgements she stated: “There can be no better research facility than the one that is closest to home and UNLV’s Special Collections was my home for several semesters.”
Register today by clicking on this link: https://www.library.unlv.edu/earthday2016