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A.P.E.X. Events: Dr. James Aton

Published: January 10, 2019 | Category: Special Events

2019-01-apex-james-aton.jpgA.P.E.X. Events one of SUU’s own faculty members, Dr. James Aton for our annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Winner of the Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize, Dr. Aton’s newest book, The Crimson Cowyboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin Emerson Expedition exhibits the completed studies of a group from Harvard University after their rugged six-week horseback trip. This event will take place on January 17th at 11:30 A.M. in the Gilbert Great Hall. This event is open and free to the public and is supported by the SUU Library and the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values.

Dr. Aton has taught in SUU’s Department of English since 1980, teaching courses on Writing, Mythology, American Studies, and Continental European Literature. This will be his fourth time presenting at SUU’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture, most recently in 2009. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. James A. Aton was educated there in Catholic schools. After receiving his B.A. from Spring Hill College, an M.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. from Ohio University,

Other works of Dr. Aton include the monograph, John Wesley Powell, his book with Robert S. McPherson, River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan, his book, John Wesley Powell: His Life and Legacy. He has produced two films, Jimmie Jones: Redrock Painter and Voices of Desolation Canyon. Dr. Aton has published articles on environmental history in Utah Historical QuarterlyWestern American Literature, South Dakota Review, and Southwest Art.

The Crimson Cowboys accounts the work of a group from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum accomplishing a six-week, four-hundred-mile horseback survey of Fremont prehistoric sites through some of the West’s most rugged terrain. The expedition was successful, but a report on the findings was never completed. Based on thousands of documented pages and photographs, this book recounts the remarkable day-to-day adventures of this crew of one professor, five students, and three Utah guides who braved heat, fatigue, and the dangerous canyon wilderness. To better tell this story, authors Spangler and Aton undertook extensive fieldwork to confirm the sites; their recent photographs and those of the original expedition are shared in these pages.

 “The Distinguished Faculty Lecture is one of my favorite of the year because it shows the great talent and scholarship of our campus and faculty. Dr. Aton’s work is exciting and inciteful. All who attend are sure to enjoy!”

Tags: College of Humanities and Social Sciences APEX

Contact Information:

Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events
vartan@suu.edu