Event Details

Location: Tucson, AZ

THE YALE CLUB OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Cordially Invites You To
THE ARIZONA INN

Friday, December 2
NOON

SPEAKER – LUNCHEON

DR. MICHAEL M. BRESCIA
Curator of Ethnohistory, Arizona State Museum
Professor of History, University of Arizona
 
WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKIN’ – WATER IS FOR FIGHTIN’
Water and Land Grants: The Law!
Spain to Mexico to the Southwest
 
Dr. Brescia will share his research as an historian and expert witness, delving into the living legacies of Spanish and Mexican natural resource law in the western United States.  Our past and our present times have often led to strife over these laws.  Drawing from legal and environmental frameworks, Dr. Brescia bridges academic and applied research in several fields.  They include water rights, grazing, and public and private ownership of resources under the Spanish colonial and early Mexican regimen of laws, customs, and usages.  These issues remain relevant today in the American West.  They are vital to the many resource users—tribal nations, Hispanic communities, and ranching families—whose livelihoods depend in part on legal rights to natural resources.  These rights were established under the prior sovereignty of Spain and later, Mexico.  By law, they are still protected by international treaty obligations that the United States assumed in the mid-nineteenth century.  The clash between two legal systems, American common law and Spanish colonial law, still smolders.  Michael will examine how two treaties between the United States and Mexico—the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848 and the Gadsden Purchase of 1854—fashion the economic security and cultural survival of several groups of natural resource users today.

THE ARIZONA INN
2200 E Elm Street (between Campbell and Tucson Blvd)
Free parking across the street from the main entrance
 
$30 at the door (cash or check)
Registration starts at 11:30 AM at The Arizona Inn (Tucson Room)
Lunch will be served at Noon
 
RSVP: To Marianne Kaestle at yaleclub.ariz@icloud.com by November 1st.
 
Treat your reservation as a commitment and notify us if you are unable to attend.

Marianne Kaestle
Yale Club of Southern Arizona
Director of Communications
Marianne Kaestle, yaleclub.ariz@icloud.com
520-344-9023

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