The University of New Mexico's Center for Regional Studies, in association with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, will host a lecture presented by Visiting Scholar Yolonda Youngs titled, “Nature, Culture, and History at the Grand Canyon” on Friday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Frank Waters Room in Zimmerman Library.

Youngs will explore the environmental, cultural, visual, social, and political history and geography that shaped the Grand Canyon of Arizona into one of America's most iconic national parks. The presentation will include findings from her recent book project, Framing Nature, that explores over 150 years of popular visual representations of the canyon found in postcards, photographs, maps, and films with special attention to tracing how (mis)representations of the environment, the disenfranchisement of Native American and Hispanic cultures, and the development of mass tourism shaped the management and use of the Greater Grand Canyon Region.

CRS Visiting Scholar Youngs is an associate professor of Geography at Idaho State University. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University. Youngs is conducting research as she writes her book Framing the View: The Making of an American Icon at the Grand Canyon