Born in the United States, educated at Stanford University (B.A., English) and the University of British Columbia (M.A., English), Eileen has been a resident of Canada since 1985. She lives in southeastern British Columbia where she has recently completed a forthcoming history of the upper Columbia River’s natural systems and water policy, A River Captured. She writes two popular columns on Canadian landscape history for The North Columbia Monthly and the online news website, The Nelson Daily. Because of her personal experiences, education, and academic interests, Eileen’s perspective on landscape, water and culture is uniquely bi-national.
In 2014, Eileen curated an extensive exhibit on the history of the Upper Columbia River system in Canada for Touchstones Nelson and Columbia Basin Trust, with specific reference to dramatic ecological changes both before and after the Columbia River Treaty (1961-64), as well as a history of the government policy that shaped this international water treaty.
Eileen will be participating in the events on March 17th, 2015, as a panel member, and on March 19th, 2015, as the keynote speaker.