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

Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 3, Bradley Memorial, 202/204
The first meeting of the semester.


Welcome Back Picnic
Thursday, September 4, Vilas Park Shelter
Join old and new CHE colleagues at our annual fall picnic. Both current members and those interested in learning more about CHE are welcome. We will provide some main course offerings, but please bring a side dish, dessert, or drink to share if you’re able to.


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