This year's keynote speaker is William Wyckoff, author of How to Read the American West: A Field Guide (University of Washington Press, 2014). The book uses maps, photographs, and historical anecdotes to highlight 100 different landscape features of the American West and discuss their impact on, and integration with, human existence. Highly interdisciplinary, the book touches on aspects of the West from dry lakes to dude ranches and Los Alamos to Las Vegas. Wyckoff's keynote will share his motivations for writing the book and what he learned about the West while he was doing it.
A native of Southern California, Wyckoff is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. His research focuses on the historical and cultural geography of the American West, and he has authored other books on geography and landscape evolution, including On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006) and Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western Landscape, 1860-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).