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The written histories of fires

March 23, 2009

Stephen Pyne spent 15 seasons working as a wildland firefighter at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. He will lecture at Colorado State this week on how it is important for the written histories of fires to reflect the reality of "the world of flames."

Fire historian Stephen Pyne

Thursday, March 26
11 a.m. to noon
Engineering, B 103 

The Colorado State University history club and honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, is hosting a lecture by Stephen J. Pyne, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, specializing in the history of ecology, the history of exploration, and the history of fire.

Pyne spent 15 seasons as a wildland firefighter at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Since the publication of his second book, Fire in America in 1982, he has been known as one of the world's foremost experts on the environmental history of fire. 

Fire histories

Pyne will talk about how for a long time – 15 years – there were two worlds, a world of books and a world of flames, one in universities, the other on Grand Canyon’s North Rim. They finally merged into a suite of fire histories. But can fire and historical scholarship really speak to each other, and if so, does either listen to the other?

CSU History Department

Contact: Robert Gudmestad
Phone: (970) 491-6050