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What's Next? The 2021 San Antonio CityFest Keynote Luncheon

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205

Char Miller
Pomona College, Author & W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History

Char Miller, formerly a professor of history at Trinity University, is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. He is the author of the award-winning Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas, and Public Lands/Public Debates: A Century of Controversy, as well as the editor of On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio and Fifty Years of the Texas Observer. His most recent books for Trinity University Press are Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream and On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest. Miller is a frequent contributor to print, electronic, and social media.


  • The intersection of U.S. environmental policy, history and politics
  • Debates over wildland fire in the American West
  • Battles over water in regions of little rain
  • Arguments erupting around immigration and borderland security
  • The dilemmas that urban growth and development pose for the booming southwestern states

Henry Cisneros
Former Mayor of San Antonio

We're bringing back our hallmark CityFest keynote luncheon safely at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This year's program will feature former Trinity University professor Char Miller,  author of the provocative new book West Side Rising: How San Antonio's 1921 Flood Devastated a City and Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement. He will be joined onstage by former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros for a conversation about the book and the persistence of social injustice in San Antonio. Editor Robert Rivard will serve as emcee for the luncheon program.

Purchase your in-person ticket now before we sell out. Readers are also invited to  view the livestreamed conversation here