The West Coast Is On Fire, Should We Be Worried? A Conversation with Douglas Brinkley and Char Miller

Virtual Event


Record-breaking wildfires and the related loss of life and property damage are more than concerning. Why are they escalating? What we can do about it, and how can we plan for the future? How does this fit into the bigger picture? Join nationally acclaimed historians Douglas Brinkley and Char Miller for a robust discussion about why the fires in the West matter so much and how they point to larger issues confronting the nation.

Douglas Brinkley is CNN’s presidential historian, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, and the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and a professor of history at Rice University. The recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies, he has done work focused on public history for boards, museums, colleges, and historical societies. Six of his books have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and seven have been New York Times best sellers, including The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, and Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America.

Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and the author of Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California DreamOn the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest; Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena; The Nature of Hope: Environmental Justice, Grassroots Organizing, and Political Change; Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land; America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands, and more. Miller regularly writes about wildfire, land management, and related issues for the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Sacramento Bee, and the Washington Post.