Fishtrap's fourth annual Spring Lecture Series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Coffin House with Don Snow of the Environmental Studies Department at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. In his talk, "The Next West: 'Rurbia' at the End of the High Lonesome," Snow will address the rapid changes that are occurring in some parts of the rural West, notably central Oregon, Montana and the area around Moab, Utah.
Snow has worked as a farm laborer, a quarryman and stone gatherer, a tobacconist, an environmental activist and a writer and editor. He was the executive director of the Northern Lights Institute in Missoula, Mont., where he launched Northern Lights magazine, and taught at the University of Montana before coming to Whitman as a visiting Professor of Environmental Humanities.
Kathryn Brown, health columnist for the East Oregonian (and Wallowa County Chieftain) and a nurse practitioner with extensive overseas health care experience, will be the second speaker on May 24. She will be followed by Oregonian TV critic Peter Carlin on June 7. Carlin is currently on leave from the paper while writing a book on the musical "Beach Boys."
Tickets are $25 for the series or $10 each for individual lectures, available at the Bookloft or Fishtrap office in the Coffin House.