The Friends of the Madden Library presents the first of its 2010 programs featuring guest speaker Gene Rose on Friday, Feb.19, in the Madden Library on the Fresno State campus. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by Rose’s talk, ‘The San Joaquin River: the Water Wars Continue’ at 6:30 p.m.

Rose will highlight his research, which was published in his most recent book, ‘San Joaquin – A River Betrayed.’ Now retired, Rose worked for years as a Fresno Bee journalist. He reported on the national parks and forests in the Sierra Nevada and became known as the “Conscience of Yosemite.” In 1987 he revealed that the Yosemite Park and Curry Company grossed $87 million for its exclusive contract but paid a concession fee of $585,000.

Exhibitions on display in the library will include “The San Joaquin River: History and Revival of a Heartland River” and paintings by Stephanie Ryan, associate professor of art and design at Fresno State.

Reservations are required by Feb. 17 and may be made by calling 559.278.5790.

Recommended campus parking for this event is in Lots D and E. Campus maps are available at

Guests are welcome. Non-members are asked to pay $2 at the door; $1 for students. All Friends of the Madden Library meetings are accessible to the physically handicapped. A sign-language interpreter will be provided upon advance request.

The Friends of the Madden Library is a non-profit organization established to support, promote, and raise funds for the programs and collections at the Fresno State library.

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