CSAW Book Award winner to speak at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

CANYON — The 2022 winner of a major award from West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West will discuss the region’s ongoing water crisis in a special Jan. 30 events.

Dr. Lucas Bessire, professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, was named in September as the 2022 winner of CSAW’s Bonney MacDonald Outstanding Western Book Award for “Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains,” a National Book Award finalist. Bessire will speak at 6 pm Jan. 30 in the Hazlewood Room in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum on WT’s campus in Canyon.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be available.

Bessire’s memoir is “an urgent and unsettling meditation on environmental change,” according to Princeton University Press, which published the book in 2021.

“It is a real honor to have my book recognized by colleagues at the Center for the Study of the American West, especially given our shared commitments to the peoples, lands and futures of the Great Plains,” Bessire said in September. “I look forward to our upcoming conversation.”

CSAW has given the Bonney MacDonald Outstanding Western Book Award annually since 2019.

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