Event Details

Our Wisconsin Environment:
The Driftless Area
by Curt Meine & Keefe Keeley

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:00 PM
Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall

1315 11th Street, Monroe
This event is part of the Wisconsin Music Arts Festival


Our Wisconsin Environment: The Driftless Area
Presentation and Reading by editors Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley
Book signing following the presentation

This program on the Driftless Area is intended to set the stage for the next four days of music. This region is home to a disproportionate array of extraordinary artists. Does this beautiful land inspire beautiful art and music? Is music made more beautiful when played in this region?

The Driftless Reader is a publication of the University of Wisconsin Press and edited by Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley. Meine and Keeley have selected writings that highlight the unique natural and cultural history, landscape, and literature of this region  encompassing southwestern Wisconsin and adjacent Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.

The more than eighty selected texts include writings by Black Hawk, Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Leopold, David Rhodes, and many other Native people, explorers, scientists, historians, farmers, songwriters, journalists, and poets. Paintings, photographs, maps, and other images complement the texts, providing a deeper appreciation of this region’s layered natural and human history.

Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer affiliated with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Center for Humans and Nature, International Crane Foundation, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His many books include Aldo Leopold:  His Life and Work and Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision.


Keefe Keeley, a native of the Kickapoo Valley, is executive director of the Savanna Institute, working with farmers on sustainable agro-ecosystems in the Upper Midwest.