2015 Speakers

Tim Egan
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, historian and author

Tim Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, historian and author. He has authored several books, including The Big Burn – Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Worst Hard Time:  The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. He writes the weekly online column, “Opinionator,” for The New York Times.


Peter Kastor
Historian, professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Peter Kastor is a historian specializing in the politics and culture of the early American republic. He is the author or editor of six books, including 2011’s William Clark’s World:  Describing America in an Age of Unknowns. He is a professor of history and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

 


Patty Limerick
Author, professor at the University of Colorado

Patty Limerick is the author of Desert Passages and The Legacy of Conquestas well as A Ditch in Time:  The City, the West, and Water, a history of water in Denver. Limerick has also served as a guest columnist for The New York Times and is an op-ed columnist for The Denver Post. She is a professor of history at the University of Colorado.


Alan Taylor
Pulitzer Prize winner, professor at the University of Virginia

A graduate of Colby College (1977), Alan Taylor received his Ph.D in American History from Brandeis University in 1986. He taught at Colby College (1984-1985) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture of the College of William and Mary (1985-1987). He later taught at Boston University (1987 -1994) and the University of California at Davis (1994-2014). In August 2014, he became the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.


Elliot West
Author, professor at the University of Arkansas

Elliot West is the author of seven books, including the most recent The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story and The Essential West, and has contributed to more than 75 journal articles and chapters in books. He is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas.

 


Richard White
Author, professor at Stanford University

Richard White is regarded as one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of the American West, Native American history and environmental history. He is the author of five books, including The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republic in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a professor of American history at Stanford University.