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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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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Video: Ebola prompts interdisciplinary response at UW-Madison
Gregg Mitman was shooting a documentary in Liberia this summer when Ebola hit the headlines. Tony Goldberg has studied bats and the diseases they carry in Uganda. Back on campus, professors Mitman, Goldberg, and Alta Charo discuss how UW–Madison is involved in holistic, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand the Ebola crisis and propose solutions.  
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Upcoming Events

Mandy Martin: Vivitur ex Rapto (Man Lives Off Greed)
Tuesday, November 4, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Lecture Hall
Join Mandy Martin, one among 25 international artists, anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, and scientists who will be presenting an object for The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities, at a public lecture at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. She is represented in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the Guggenheim, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others. Martin lives in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia.


The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities
Saturday, November 8, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, DeLuca Forum
We are in the midst of a great reawakening to questions of time—across the spans of geological, ecological, evolutionary, and human history. It is a reawakening precipitated not by a nostalgia for the past but by a sense of urgency about the future. Join CHE as we host a three-day international workshop with scholars, artists, and activists engaged in imagining how humans are reshaping the world in the geological age which is named after them. Featuring keynote speaker Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction. See the Anthropocene Slam page for a full lineup of events.


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