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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Environmental historian William Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor
Environmental historian and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William Cronon has been presented with The Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award — the organization’s highest civilian honor — for his contributions to the protection of America’s wild places.
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Environmental history, as seen through tortoises
Elizabeth Hennessy grounds her study of transnational histories in one amazing creature: the giant tortoise of the Galápagos Islands. She joins the UW-Madison Department of History and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies this year as an assistant professor of global environmental history, shedding new light on how geography, culture, and science intersect in a land long associated with Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
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Upcoming Events

Jordahl Public Lands Lecture featuring William Cronon
Tuesday, October 21, Memorial Union, Shannon Hall
Cronon's remarks will explore the meaning of the Wilderness Act upon its 50th anniversary. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Colloquium: Graduate Student Panel
Wednesday, October 22, Bradley Memorial, 202/204
See our Colloquium page for more information.


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