The Wallace Stegner Center annually holds a symposium during spring semester on an environmental or natural resources topic of regional, national, and international importance. The symposium is interdisciplinary in nature, and includes speakers from the sciences and social sciences, academia, government, industry, and the legal profession.
Through the symposia and other programs, the Stegner Center has brought numerous luminaries to the College of Law, including Bruce Babbitt, Sally Jewell, Wendell Berry, Helen Caldicott, Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Pat Mulroy, Naomi Oresekes, Lynn Scarlett, George Schaller, Michael Soule, Sandra Steingraber, Lawrence Susskind, Rebecca Watson, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Eric Freyfogle, John Leshy, Patty Limerick, Pamela Matson, Zygmunt Plater, Robert V. Percival, Joe Sax, Paul Schullery, Alan Weisman, and Charles Wilkinson among others.
The R. Harold Burton Foundation was the founding donor for the symposium in 1996 and has been the principal donor each year. Other donors who have provided support for multiple years include the Cultural Vision Fund, Chevron, the Nature Conservancy in Utah, and ABA SEER.
Wallace Stegner Center 27th Annual Symposium
Colorado River Compact Centennial | March 17-18, 2022
The Stegner Center’s 27th annual symposium will consider the network of laws and policies governing the Colorado River, including the Colorado River Compact, which will celebrate its centennial in 2022, and the management framework for the Colorado River system, which is set to expire in 2026. The significance of the Colorado River Basin cannot be overstated: It extends across 244,000 square miles and includes portions of two nation-states (United States, Mexico); seven U.S. states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming); two Mexican states (Baja California, Sonora); and 30 Indian reservations. The Basin provides vital water for 40 million people and extensive agricultural operations. The symposium will review the “Law of the River,” including the Compact, as well as its economic, environmental, and cultural impacts. It will also look forward, identifying possible river management modifications given hydrological changes from prolonged drought to climate change, as well as increased population and water demands. The symposium will bring together speakers from law, science, the agencies (including Biden Administration officials), the basin states, the tribes, and Mexico to reexamine management of the Colorado River system. Sponsors include the Wallace Stegner Center and the Water and Tribes Initiative (WTI)
Wallace Stegner Center 26th Annual Symposium – Lectures
Session 1: Plastic: Too much of a good thing? - Roland Geyer
Session 2: Plastics in the Anthropocene - Anthony Andrady
Session 3: Photo Essay: Plastics in the Natural World - Br'ette Vanhouten
Session 4: Plastics and the Environment - Janice Brahney, Anela Choy, Sherri Mason
Session 5: Plastics and Health - Scott Belcher, Carmen Messerlian
Session 1: Overcoming Consumerism for a Better You and a Better Planet - Joshua Becker
Session 2: National and Global Solutions - Rolf Halden, Ramani Narayan, Michael Waas, Alan Eastman