Elk River Arts & Lectures presents the Spring 2024 Lecture Series

April 4

Mona Susan power

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Elk River Books
122 S. 2nd St.
Livingston, MT 59047

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7 pm

Novelist Debra Magpie Earling called Mona Susan Power‘s Council of Dolls, “A mighty, dazzling whirlwind of storytelling. These stories lift from the page. Prepare to stay up all night.”

And, join us for a Community Book Club discussion of A Council of Dolls on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. To RSVP, email director@elkriverarts.org

​Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction, including The Grass Dancer (a National Bestseller awarded a PEN/Hemingway Prize), Roofwalker (a collection of stories and essays awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize), Sacred Wilderness (a novel which received the Electa Quinney Award), and A Council of Dolls (nominated for the 2023 National Book Award).

She’s a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is also the recipient of several grants in support of her writing which include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories series, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and Granta. Her essay, “Bloodthread,” is forthcoming in The Georgia Review.

Mona is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakhóta), born and raised in Chicago. During her childhood she was a member of the Chicago Indian Village movement, a group organized to protest the conditions of Native people lured to urban areas with promises of secure jobs and good housing, that seldom materialized. In 1979, a documentary following the experiences of this group was nominated for an Academy Award. Mona attended the Oscar ceremonies that year as a guest of the director, Jerry Aronson.

She currently lives in Minnesota, where she’s working on other novels, including The Year of Fury.

Power’s visit and the 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors. During her time in Livingston, Power will meet with students at Park High. The free, public event will include a book signing and reception.

April 22

heather white

Earth Day! (Monday, April 22)

Elk River Books (122 S. 2nd St.) 

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7 pm

Heather White is the CEO & Founder of the nonprofit OneGreenThing.org.

This special Earth Day event is hosted in partnership with the Park High Green Initiative, with Green Initiative members moderating the discussion.  

Green Initiative is a student led organization that strives to provide climate conscious youth with the tools to advocate for increased environmental action. By using the implementation of creative solutions, our organization develops sustainable infrastructure throughout our community and beyond.

The 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors. 

Heather White is an author, national speaker, and consultant. She’s the author of 60 Days to a Greener Life: Ease Eco-Anxiety Through Joyful Daily Action, which will be published by Harper Collins on April 9, 20224. Her first book is  One Green Thing: Discover Your Hidden Power to Help Save the Planet, was published by Harper Collins in April 2022.

Heather is a nationally recognized conservation and environmental policy expert and a frequent spokesperson in national media on climate, energy, and conservation issues. Heather more than 20 years of experience leading and advising non-profit organizations, including increasing organizational performance, managing change, guiding strategic planning, and directing innovative fundraising and advocacy campaigns.

In April 2021, she launched OneGreenThing, a nonprofit that tackles climate crisis overwhelm and anxiety through joyful daily action, inspiring culture change for policy solutions. She also serves as a consultant to help businesses, foundations, and nonprofits create a greener, healthier, and more equitable world through her consulting firm, Heather White Strategies, which she created in 2019.  During her three-year tenure as President & CEO of Yellowstone Forever from June 2016 to June 2019, Heather led the organization to raise more than $50 million from philanthropy, retail, and educational programming, provided $18 million in cash grants to Yellowstone National Park, increased educational programming participants by 45%, and more than quadrupled its digital reach to 825,000 online supporters. As Executive Director of EWG, Heather nearly doubled annual revenues to $13.7 million, created the first strategic plan and subsequent rebranding that increased web traffic by 40% to 23 million unique yearly visitors, and directed campaigns that resulted in corporate action and policy reform by activating its two million supporters.

Heather has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Tennessee College of Law, Director of Education Advocacy for the National Wildlife Federation, Counsel to US Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), a presidential campaign staffer and recount attorney for Al Gore, and an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims law firm. In 2015, Heather was named one of the “Top 20 Women Leaders in Sustainability” by Green Building & Design magazine and “100 Women to Watch in Wellness” by MindBodyGreen. She serves on several national nonprofit boards.

May 16

Dan Flores 

Thursday, May 16 

Shane Lalani Center for the Arts (415 E. Lewis St.)

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7 pm

Historian Dan Flores‘s latest book, Wild New World, is the winner of the 2023 Rachel Carson Award.

This event is presented by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum Foundation in association with Elk River Arts & LecturesPark County Environmental Council, Park County Community Foundation, Tom Miner Basin Association, and Yellowstone Forever

 

Dan Flores is the Hammond Professor Emeritus of the History of the American West. Professor Flores is the noted author of eleven books, including Coyote America, American Serengeti, and the recently published Wild New World, winner of the the 2023 Rachel Carson Award. 

Flores’s specialty is the environmental and cultural history of the American West. His essays on the environment, art, and culture of the West also appear in magazines such as Texas Monthly, Orion, Southwest Art, The Big Sky Journal, and High Country News. His work has been honored by the Western History Association, the Western Writers of America, the Denver Public Library, the National Cowboy Museum, the Oklahoma Book Awards, the University of Oklahoma Press, the Montana Historical Society, the Texas State Historical Association, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Montana Book Awards. 

Flores was a significant contributor to the recent Ken Burns, where he addresses the potential for a more responsible stewardship relationship of our ecosystem.

Flores’s lecture, “Endangered Species in the American West,” is the first in a new quarterly series, The Epic Story of Humans, Wildlife and Landforms in Park County: A Guide for Stewardship of our Ecosystem. Presented by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum Foundation in association with the Park County Environmental Council, the Park County Community Foundation, the Tom Miner Basin Association, Yellowstone Forever, and Elk River Arts & Lectures, each installment includes a lecture to take place at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, a book signing, a field trip, a visit to local schools, and an exhibition at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum

The 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors.