In The End of The Myth, Greg Grandon (Henry Holt, New York 2019) relates how aggrandized American westward expansion has provided cover for slavery, economic disparities, financial market disruptions, racism and a myriad of other disaffections, including the current southern border imbroglio. The historical accident of a constant westward expansion was exceptional and accustomed us--perhaps even justified us--to defer solving societal problems. We have been brought up to believe our circumstances define who we are. This understanding of where we are today will be paired with a tribute to those open and wild spaces of the West and to the sense of hope that comes with a challenging environment. In Dessert Solitaire, Edward Abbey (A Ballentine Book,1971) speaks to the joy, celebration and power of the West that still represents a future of growth. Join us as we explore the myth of our western expansion, its inevitable change and its continuing beauty, as we continue to address our many needs. No class on 11/27/19.