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April 21, 2014

Earth Day event: Author reads from 'The Ogallala Road'

Submitted by Jill Haukos

Julene Bair - Author of The Ogallala Road

In celebration of Earth Day, Julene Bair, Kansas native and author, will read from her book "The Ogallala Road" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Beach Museum.

In a review of her book the Minneapolis Star Tribune said:

"Her descriptions of the sweeping grasslands that were once breathtaking in their subtle beauty and the water that once provided life for everything from turtles to buffalo to humans would also fit the prairie that stretched west across Minnesota and the Dakotas.

So, too, would the transformation of the prairie to the rigid monocultures of corn and soybeans, the disappearance of a gentler type of farming and the writer's grief over the relentless agricultural philosophy that what the Earth produces is ours to take."

Katie Kingery-Page also will speak about "The Meadow," a recently installed landscape of native plants outside the Beach Museum of Art. "The Meadow" bridges art and science research occurring at the university, offering a place for informal learning and contemplation by a diverse public.  

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Konza Prairie and is free.