Patty Limerick, professor of history, examines the central role of water in the growth of Denver, and question the conventional wisdom that casts Denver as an imperial power exploiting and bullying the rest of the state. This lecture explores the complex relationship among cities, suburbs, and rural areas; the crucial role of engineering in shaping the West; the unexpectedly entrancing workings of governmental agencies and bureaucracies; and the varying roles of contention and cooperation, litigation, and negotiation in the control of the West's water.

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