Bismarck State College is pleased to present for the sixth year this series of conversations to enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity. Conversations include discussion between Clay Jenkinson and BSC President Larry C. Skogen. Questions from the audience complete the event.
John Wesley Powell and North Dakota’s 125th Birthday – October 26th, 2014
John Wesley Powell was a Civil War veteran, who floated the canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers in 1869. He had just one arm; the other had been lost at the battle of Shiloh in the Civil War. Powell was much more than an explorer, however. He became the second director of the U.S. Geological Survey, and the founding director of the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology. He knew a half-dozen Native American languages, made pioneering contributions to our understanding of the Numa (Ute, Paiute) People, and helped to classify American Indian languages. Powell also wrote the Arid Lands Report in 1878, a revolutionary document that attempted to alter the way the United States developed lands west of the 100th Meridian, which runs through Steele and Tuttle, ND, and runs through Pierre, SD, and North Platte, NB.
Powell is one of Clay Jenkinson’s eight Chautauqua characters. The historical John Wesley Powell will be interviewed for the first hour by Dr. Larry Skogen. In the second hour, Clay will break character and talk about Powell’s contributions to government science in America, and his place in the history of exploration. Powell came to North Dakota to address the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1889. His revolutionary recommendations for a “dryland democracy” were not adopted by the North Dakota founding fathers.
Bismarck State CollegeSunday at 3 p.m. NECE building Bavendick Stateroom
Free to the entire community. Dates are subject to change. For more information, call BSC Continuing Education, Training and Innovation at 701.224.5600 or visit www.bsctalk.com.