Joseph Taylor, author of Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbing and Modern Environmental Cultures, will present a lecture on climbing Yosemite titled “The Dawn Wall and the Golden Ages of Yosemite,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. The lecture is sponsored by the History Department and is free and open to the public.
Pilgrims of the Vertical (Harvard University Press) won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award in History and Biography. Taylor is also the author of Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fishery Crisis.
Taylor, a professor of history at Simon Fraser University, received degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Washington. He was trained as an Americanist and frontier historian. Taylor’s primary fields of research in the last decade dealt with environmental history and the history of western North America. He teaches classes about North American environmental history, problems in environmental history, western North America, and United States history.
Taylor serves as the director of the Environmental History Data Lab at Simon Fraser and is pursuing research and training in the spatial analysis of historical subjects.