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Powell made dozens of journeys into the most obscure regions of the American West in the course of his distinguished career as a geologist, ethnographer and social planner.


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An evening with John Wesley Powell

Colorado Mesa University and Grand Junction community members are invited to spend an evening with the 19th century explorer John Wesley Powell. On May 7, noted historical performer and humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson with portray the leader of the first expedition on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Powell made dozens of journeys into the most obscure regions of the American West in the course of his distinguished career as a geologist, ethnographer and social planner. A director of the United States Geological Survey, Powell advocated for the systematic irrigation of the American West’s arid lands, and for granting homesteads based on access to water.

Jenkinson has dedicated much of his life to researching the historical characters he portrays during Chautauqua events, which emphasize education and audience participation to enhance the learning and entertainment experience. He is the recipient of one of the first five Charles Frankel prizes, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ highest award (now called the National Humanities Medal). He was also the first public humanities scholar to present a program at a White House-sponsored event when he portrayed Thomas Jefferson for a gathering hosted by President Bill Clinton.

The event begins with a reception at 6pm on the second floor of the University Center. Jenkinson’s performance will begin at 7pm in the south ballroom and will be followed by a book signing.

Light refreshments and beer donated by the Palisade Brewing Company will be available free of charge at the reception for those who pre-register with the CMU Water Center. There will also be a cash bar. Registration details can be found atcoloradomesa.edu/WaterCenter or by calling 970.248.1968.

Media Contact

Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

970.248.1868 (o)

970.640.0421 (c)