2015 Common Literature Experience
The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
In 1983 a record snow yield in the Rocky Mountains created the highest volume of meltwater ever to surge through the Colorado River. The massive buildup of hydraulic pressure threatened to overcome the 710-foot barrier of the Glen Canyon Dam and sent a devastating current of destruction at incredibly high speeds through the mile-deep gorge that winds its way through the Arizona desert. The Grand Canyon was inundated with a catastrophic wall of the deadliest whitewater seen in a generation. And as the National Park Service conducted the most extensive helicopter rescues of trapped and injured boaters in its history, a trio of inspired fools launched themselves down the rapids in an open wooden dory called the Emerald Mile. By the seat of their pants the three-man crew braved a 277-mile journey in the fastest decent of the Canyon ever recorded. -The Clymb
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:30 a.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum- Utah State University Logan Campus
Broadcast simultaneously at http://aggiecast.usu.edu.
Speaker: Kevin Fedarko
Free and open to the public.
- Professor Jack Schmidt- Video 1: Introduction- Reading the Book
- Professor Jack Schmidt-Video 2: River Management
- Professor Jack Schmidt- Video 3: Living a Life with Passion
- HBR article about the general benefits of reading
- Radio West Interview with Kevin Fedarko
- UPR Interview with Kevin Fedarko
- National Park Service Virtual Tour of the Grand Canyon
- Kevin Fedarko Video Interview by David Eckenrode
- Kevin Fedarko Interview: Adventure Journal
- The Important Places
- KDNK Interview with Kevin Fedarko
- History.com's 3-5 minute videos about the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
- Arizona State University: Nature, Culture, and History at the Grand Canyon
- Article about the current drought and Lake Mead
- Audio Recording of John Wesley Powell's Canyons of the Colorado
- Robert Redford's Documentary- Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the West
- Central Utah Project: Capturing Utah’s share of the Colorado River
- Link to USU Convocation
If you are a student in the 2015 University Connections class, the literature assignment can be found here.
Be sure to check out our previous literature selections at http://www.usu.edu/connections/previous/.