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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Belief: Tales from Planet Earth returns to explore faith, science and environment

How does thinking about belief enrich our thinking about environment? Tales from Film Festival founder Gregg Mitman, professor of history of science, medical history and environmental studies, and festival programming director and CHE alumnus Peter Boger, recently spoke about what attendees can expect at this weekend's series of free events.

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Tackling Ebola on many fronts
Nelson Institute faculty affiliates Gregg Mitman, Richard Keller and Tony Goldberg are among a cohort of researchers and physicians in the UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) community who have personally and professionally confronted the Ebola outbreak — and are looking for ways to avoid the next crisis. 
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Upcoming Events

Public Lecture: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on "The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation"
Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 PM, Helen C. White, 6191
Dr. Robin Kimmerer is a renowned ecologist and indigenous environmental scholar who publishes widely for both academic and public audiences. Learn more about her work here: She is also a proud alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is where she earned her doctorate. Her visit is sponsored by the Center for Culture, History, & Environment with generous support from the Botany Department. If you have questions, please contact

Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Learning the Grammar of Animacyā€¯
Wednesday, December 2, 12:00 PM, Bradley Memorial, 202/204
Join us for a talk with plant ecologist and biologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer of SUNY-ESF. As part of the lead-up to the March 2016 CHE Graduate Symposium, Dr. Kimmerer will speak to the conference theme "E is for Environment: New Vocabularies for the Past, Present, and Future."

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