Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land

Rebecca Robinson and Stephen Strom in conversation with Toby McLeod


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~Co-sponsored by Point Reyes Books~

Journalist Rebecca Robinson and photographer Stephen Strom visit Point Reyes to discuss their collaborative work, Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Ground, in conversation with filmmaker Toby McLeod. You can purchase their book on Pt Reyes Books website.

This event benefits the Friends of the Cedar Mesa, an organization based in Bluff, Utah, that works to ensure that the public lands in San Juan County, with all their cultural and natural values, are respected and protected.

About Voices from Bears Ears
A land rich in human history and unsurpassed in natural beauty, Bears Ears is at the heart of a national debate over the future of public lands.  Journalist Rebecca Robinson provides context and perspective for understanding the ongoing debate and humanizes the abstract issues at the center of the debate. Interwoven with these stories are photographs of the interviewees and the land they consider sacred by photographer Stephen E. Strom. Through word and image, Rebecca and Stephen allow us to both hear and see the people whose lives are intertwined with this special place.

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson is a Portland, Oregon-based writer. She has written for numerous print and online news outlets about crime, education, health care, social entrepreneurs, California’s prisons, state and federal medical marijuana laws, and homelessness, among other topics. She began her work on the manuscript for Views from the Colorado Plateau at the 2015 Fishtrap Summer Gathering of Writers. Currently a freelancer, Rebecca previously worked as a staff writer for Monterey County Weekly and a radio producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Stephen Strom

Stephen Strom spent 45 years as a research astronomer after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in astronomy from Harvard. He began photographing in 1978, after studying the history of photography and silver and non-silver photography at the University of Arizona. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and is held in several permanent collections, including the Center for Creative Photography and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His photography complements poems and essays in three books published by the University of Arizona Press–Secrets from the Center of the World, Sonoita Plain, and Tseyi / Deep in the Rock—and Otero Mesa (University of New Mexico Press, 2008). A monograph, Earth Forms, was published in 2009 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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