The Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) draws together faculty, staff, graduate students, and others from a wide array of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to investigate environmental and cultural change in the full sweep of human history.


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Documentary with Nelson connections wins international award for archival footage
The trailer for "A Film Never Made,” a documentary codirected and produced by Nelson Institute faculty affiliate Gregg Mitman, captured the award for best use of archival footage in a short production at the 11th annual FOCAL International Awards April 30.
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Video: Cronon brings soaring message down to Earth
Professor Bill Cronon's "American Environmental History" course is life-altering for many students who take the class. The central premise throughout the class is that much of the familiar terrain of American history looks very different when seen in an environmental context, and that one can learn a great deal about history, geography, and the environment by studying them together.
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Upcoming Events

Colloquium: Travis Tennessen, "A Becoming Land: Sharing Lessons from Alaska's Past for the Dynamic Future"
Wednesday, September 24, Bradley Memorial, 202/204
See our Colloquium page for more information.


Plant Sciences Symposium: Plants and Society - Integrating Food and Science in Today's Culture
Friday, October 3, Union South, Varsity Room 1 and 2
The 4th Annual Plant Sciences Symposium is pleased to bring five visiting presentations and four student presenters. The topic of these presentations will range from the role of biotechnology in agriculture, food systems, to agricultural economics, and more. The event seeks to highlight examples of integration between academic fields in their application to relevant agricultural issues.


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