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.
Finding the Words: Erstwhile Blog editor Julia Frankenbach reflects on the CHE Symposium weekend
March 30, 2016
CU-Boulder graduate student and Erstwhile blog editor Julia Frankenbach was one of the many attendees at the March 4-6, 2016 CHE Graduate Symposium "E is for Environment: New Vocabularies for the Past, Present, and Future." In addition to describing the rich set of topics discussed at weekend paper workshops, panel presentations, and keynote from Dr. Kate Brown of University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Frankenbach remarks that the weekend was "a humbling place to be, think, and rejuvenate." But what new questions can one think on when, as Frankenbach aptly observes, environment's "capaciousness" as a term tends towards abstraction? Read more of her reflections and takeaways from the weekend in the article she has authored for Erstwhile.
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!