College of Law

Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia

Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia

DATE: Monday, March 27 2023
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm MST
LOCATION: College of Law and Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public.
1 hour CLE (pending).
A Wallace Stegner Center Event

An evocative, narrative history, Arid Empire by Natalie Koch demonstrates that the exchange of colonial technologies between the Arabian Peninsula and United States over the past two centuries—from date palm farming and desert agriculture to the utopian sci-fi dreams of Biosphere 2 and Frank Herbert’s Dune—bound the two regions together, first solidifying the colonization of the US West and, eventually, the reach of American power into the Middle East.

Arid Empire teaches us to see deserts anew, not as mythic sites of romance or empty wastelands but as an “arid empire,” a crucial political space where imperial dreams coalesce.



Natalie Koch is a Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University. She is a political geographer specializing in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula region, where she has worked since 2012.



The Stegner Center is delighted to join with The King’s English Bookshop in bringing Natalie Koch to Salt Lake City. The King’s English Bookshop will sell books and sponsor a book signing following Natalie Koch’s presentation.


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