Patricia Limerick

Center of the American West

University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Patty Limerick is the faculty director and chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at CU, where she is also a professor of history. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts.

Currently she is applying that approach to the complicated issue of Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Development. Over the past year and a half she has moderated the Center of the American West FrackingSENSE speaker series. FrackingSENSE has featured a wide variety of speakers with a range of opinions about Natural Gas Development, including Former Senator Tim Wirth, Governor John Hickenlooper, and many others. The program was so successful, that the Center of the American West hosted three different panel discussions in Greeley and these events were sponsored by a broad array of community groups and industry. In addition Patty has spoken on the topic of Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Development to variety of community groups including the Democratic Women of Boulder County, the Boulder Rotary Club, the University of Arkansas Hartman Hotz Lecture series, and the South Dakota State Harding Lecture series.

Limerick has received a number of awards and honors recognizing the impact of her scholarship and her commitment to teaching, including the MacArthur Fellowship and the Hazel Barnes Prize, CU’s highest award for teaching and research. She has served as president of several professional organizations, advised documentary and film projects, and done two tours as a Pulitzer Nonfiction jurist, as well as serving as chair of the Pulitzer jury in History for 2011. She is currently serving as the president for the Organization of American Historians. Limerick regularly engages the public on the op-ed pages of local and national newspapers, and writes a monthly op-ed piece for the Denver Post. In the summer of 2005 she served as a guest columnist for The New York Times, and she continues to engage the public in many diverse ways.

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Teaching about controversial issues: The case of Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation (aka Fracking) part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Plenary Sessions
The goal of the panel is to inform the attendees about the scientific and societal issues related to fracking and to help the attendees think about how to use fracking and related issues as opportunities for ...