Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009
Speaker: Dorothee Kocks
This program is provided by the Utah Humanities Council’s Public Square
Writer and editor Dorothee Kocks is the author of Dream a Little: Land and Social Justice in Modern America. Her varied career includes teaching environmental history at the University of Utah, editing the Utah arts and outdoors magazine Wasatch Journal, and performing “Accordion Monologues” at the Utah Arts Festival. Currently, she is at work on a historical novel.
“In the 19th century, the U.S. parceled out its vast land holdings in hopes of guaranteeing an honorable subsistence living for all. Today, we are in the midst of heated debates about whether our remaining common lands should be preserved or developed to stimulate the economy. Join writer and historian Dorothee Kocks for a lively discussion on how this homestead tradition–arguably the first federal economic stimulus package–might give us courage today.”
1860 speech on reasons to pass the homestead act –