Conferences

 

Colorado Water Workshop

The Colorado Water Workshop began in 1976 as a collaborative effort between a Western 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 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

Please join us April 3rd to 5th at the University Center Theater and the Fred Field Center in Gunnison, Colorado, where the School of Environment and Sustainability and the Master of Environmental Management Forum will host the Spring Symposium. The theme of this year's Symposium is “Great Transitions;” the event will inspire conversations on how to transform social, economic, and biophysical systems in the light of environmental degradation. This event brings together the public, students, faculty, and experts from their retrospective fields to brainstorm how to move forward with collaborative conservation in a contemporary setting. learn more...