CHE Associates Highlight Research at American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting
March 28, 2017

The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) will hold its annual meeting in Chicago at the Drake Hotel on March 29-April 2, and many members of the CHE community are preparing to make the trip.

The work of CHE faculty associates will be highlighted. William Cronon will reflect on the 25th anniversary of his book Nature's Metropolis at Saturday evening's plenary. Gregg Mitman's film The Land Beneath Our Feet will be screened and the subject of a roundtable discussion on Thursday afternoon, and Mitman will serve as commentator for the panel "Scale and Circulation: Bringing History and Geography Together in Global Environmental Histories of Empire." CHE faculty associate, Rick Keyser will be joined by CHE alum Alexander Olson on the panel "Conservation in Historical and Comparative Perspective: Woodlands in Europe."

Three CHE graduate associates are presenting their research. Spring Greeney will deliver the paper "What Clean Should Smell Like: Body Work, Laundry, and the Politics of Nature in the US, 1931-1947"; Rachel Gross will speak on "Layering for Cold and the M-1943 Field Jacket: How American Military Studies of Climates and Bodies Shaped Popular Style”; and Kate Wersan will present "Mechanical Gardeners and Scientific Sailors: Standardizing Organic Time on Land and Sea, 1750-1830."

Community associates Andy Bruno, Jim Feldman, Curt Meine, and Lisa Ruth Rand also will be participating, as will two of our associates-at-large (Wilko Graf von Hardenberg  and Kristoffer Whitney). Several CHE alums will also be in attendance, including Andrew Case, Michael Dockry, and Anna Zeide.

Lastly, members of the Edge Effects editorial board will be set up in the exhibit area (Gold Coast Room) and look forward to chatting with conference attendees about CHE's digital magazine.

For times and locations of these presentations, visit the ASEH conference program.

Announcing the Edge Effects Podcast
February 5, 2017

CHE’s digital magazine, Edge Effects, has launched a podcast series of interviews with scholars, scientists, and artists who engage with questions of environmental and cultural change. Enjoy wide-ranging conversations with Carolyn Finney (Black Faces, White Spaces) and Lauret Savoy (Trace). Learn about the path-breaking research of CHE alumni Dawn Biehler (Pests in the City) and Andrew Stuhl (Unfreezing the Arctic).  Several more exciting episodes are forthcoming in 2017, including William Cronon's reflection on the 25th anniversary of his book Nature’s Metropolis; Adam Mandelman will talk law and politics in the Anthropocene with Jedediah Purdy (After Nature); and Edge Effects editor Helen Bullard will host a conversation with glass artist Anna Lehner about her current work exploring endangered languages.

Get the podcast sent straight to your mobile device or computer by subscribing through the iTunes store. You can also find episodes on Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn, or stream or download directly on the Edge Effects website.

Grads, faculty gather at UW to celebrate Gaylord Nelson's centennial at the 9th Annual CHE Graduate Symposium
March 16, 2016

Graduate students and faculty representing 13 different institutions from the US and Canada gathered in Madison for a rich weekend of conversation, debate, and service learning in celebration of Gaylord Nelson's centennial. The group, participants in the CHE Graduate Symposium, worked towards building a "new vocabulary" for the environment, a theme created by conference co-organizers and CHE associates Brian Hamilton and Kate Wersan.

Want to learn more?

Read an interview with Symposium participant Dr. Scott Kirsch. 

Peruse the full Symposium schedule and list of participants.

Read an interview with Symposium organizers Brian Hamilton and Kate Wersan.


Thanks to our many conference participants for joining us, and congratulations to the many CHE volunteers involved in hosting the event! 

March 4-6, Madison:
January 20, 2016

What do we really mean when we say we study 'environments'?  The upcoming CHE Grad symposium, E is for Environment, will explore this question in the context of current research produced by graduate students from UW and across North America. Kate Brown will keynote, kicking off a weekend of events that are free and open to the public.  Visit the website to register!

Belief: Tales from Planet Earth returns to explore faith, science and environment
November 5, 2015

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
October 29, 2014

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
October 27, 2014

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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Objects of the past and future fill Anthropocene ‘cabinet of curiosities’
October 22, 2014

After reaching your hand into a Hazmat glove, you pull a BlackBerry Curve 8300 from a slick of crude oil. This BlackBerry — an icon of connectivity and productivity upon its release in 2007 — now seems unwieldy in comparison to today’s smartphones, which have driven it into obsolescence. The “extinct device” — meant to represent a future fossil — is one of 25 objects that will be presented Nov. 8-10 at The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities, a series of free public events at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. 
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Anna M. Gade: Exploring the confluence of religion and environment
October 17, 2014

Connections between faith and environmental stewardship have been the focus of a growing conversation in evangelical Christianity, led in part by Nelson Institute emeritus professor Cal Dewitt. But other religious communities, including Islam, have also been exploring this relationship, according to Nelson Institute professor Anna M. Gade. Gade, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and expert in religious studies who recently joined the Nelson faculty, teaches a variety of courses, ranging from Islam in Southeast Asia to Religion and the Environment.
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Environmental historian William Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor
September 25, 2014

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
September 25, 2014

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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Mitman offers perspective on ‘toxic ecology’ surrounding Ebola crisis
September 22, 2014

In an essay published Sept. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Gregg Mitman, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and Environment, reflects on the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the "ecology of fear" associated with it.
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From ecotopia to ecopocalypse: View eight student films
September 9, 2014

In 2013, visiting artist-in-residence Alex Rivera and UW-Madison professor Gregg Mitman taught an environmental filmmaking class, From Ecotopia to Ecopocalypse: Telling Digital Stories About the Environment, which led upper-level undergraduate and graduate students through the process of creating short fiction films on a theme of environmental futures.
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Documentary with Nelson connections wins international award for archival footage
May 2, 2014

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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