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IDS 101: Beyond the Rim: Your Librarian

Colloquium Description

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado is multi-layered – in many ways.  Geologically complex, historically contested, biologically diverse, it is a place at the center of competing claims and histories.  Geological wonder, national park, sacred ground of the Hopis and the Zunis, wilderness area, archeological treasure, tourist attraction, and vital source of water for the desert southwest and beyond, Grand Canyon has historic, symbolic, economic and developmental importance that manifests in clashes of cultures, interests and communities.

This colloquium will explore Grand Canyon in its many aspects, noting its role in the rise of conservation movements, the development of the desert Southwest, and the struggle between various claimants to the land and the water, and will interrogate the question of how we understand wilderness and its uses.  Texts will include geological studies, archeological materials, conservation and wilderness writings, creation stories of the Zuni and Hopi peoples and a forthcoming backcountry management plan for Grand Canyon National Park, the first such plan issued since 1988. 

Source: College Colloquium Page

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Hours During the Academic Year

Library Hours


Mon-Thur    7:45 a.m. -- 1 a.m.
Friday         7:45 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Saturday    11 a.m -- 6 p.m.
Sunday      10 a.m. -- 1 a.m.

Reference Hours


Mon-Thur  10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Friday        10 a.m. -- 4 p.m
Saturday         (Closed)
Sunday       3 p.m. -- 9 p.m.

Archives Hours


Mon-Fri  9 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
              1 p.m. -- 4 p.m.

Note: The library is closed to the general public at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and holidays. The library remains open to students, faculty and staff with current Willamette ID.

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