Tucson Festival of Books

Jared Orsi


Jared Orsi is professor of history at Colorado State University, specializing in environmental and borderlands history. A graduate of the University of California at Davis, he holds a master's from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At CSU he teaches U.S. and Mexican history and serves as director of CSU's Public Lands History Center. In 2003, he won the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2012 the CSU Alumni Association's Best Teacher Award. In 2017, he won the college's Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching award and in 2019 was named one of the college's two Professor Laureates. Orsi's favorite class is a summer field course in which he and the students spend a week following Zebulon Pike's 1806-1807 route across Colorado. He is the author of the prize-winning "Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles" and "Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike," as well as numerous articles and book chapters. In 2008-2009 he was the Ray Allen Billington Distinguished Visiting Professor at Occidental College and the Huntington Library. His current book, "Peoples of a Sonoran Desert Oasis," is an environmental history of Quitobaquito Springs at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.


Scheduled events:
Restoring Indigenous Heritage
Join these two insightful authors for a profound discussion as they explore the preservation of the land and its people. Discover the connection between ecological sustainability, spiritual landscapes, and community well-being in a conversation that reaches beyond the border of time and tradition.

WNPA Stage (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nature / Environment
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Daisy Ocampo, Jared Orsi
Moderator: Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

Book:
Peoples of a Sonoran Desert Oasis
Recovering the Lost History and Culture of Quitobaquito
Nature / Environment
University of Oklahoma Press
January 2023
ISBN 9780806192956
226 pages

In the southwestern corner of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, on the border between Arizona and Mexico, one finds Quitobaquito, the second-largest oasis in the Sonoran Desert. More/less