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.
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.
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/.
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