Conferences

 

Colorado Water Workshop

The Colorado Water Workshop began in 1976 as a collaborative effort between a Western State Colorado University history professor and "Gunnison Country" historian, Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, and a Gunnison water lawyer and Western graduate, Richard "Dick" Bratton. They felt that Colorado needed a place - high up near the Continental Divide, which divides the state in more ways than just geographically - where the various factions and interests involved in water issues could come to explore options "off the record". learn more...

The Headwaters Conference

Every fall, Western State Colorado University hosts a gathering of scholars and writers, poets and journalists, public officials and community activists, social and natural scientists, and the general inquiring minds from the mountain region for a weekend of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural interaction on an issue of concern in the Headwaters Region. Papers are presented, but every effort is also made to make the discourse accessible through "Forum Theater" dramatizations, poetry and music, and generally a full gamut of the varieties of human communication. learn more...

Spring Symposium

In 2016, the Center for Environment and Sustainability will host the Fourth Gunnison Sage-grouse Summit.  This three-day event will bring together researchers, managers, and a wide range of stakeholders for presentations and discussions on sage-grouse biology, sagebrush habitat, and opportunities and challenges to moving forward with collaborative conservation in a post-listing era.  The summit takes place March 9-11 in the University Center Ballroom. learn more...