Each year CHE's graduate students host a graduate Symposium that highlights the diversity and depth of the intellectual approaches the CHE community brings together. A typical CHE grad Symposium might feature anything from a new approach to climate modeling, a history of hard rock mining, a paper on indigenous forestry practices, an introduction to ecological poetry, a cultural history of sharks in America, or reflections on the politics of scale in Central Asia.

About the Symposium

The Symposium is a special part of CHE's yearly events because it encourages students to present research-in-progress, and to bring their insights into the interdisciplinary conversation that is the heart of CHE.

The Symposium's goal is to provide a supportive environment for graduate students to share their work related to environmental and cultural change in the full sweep of human history, and to reinforce the CHE graduate student community. Work on all geographic locations and time periods is welcome, as well as both completed and ongoing projects.

Ninth Annual Symposium: Saturday, March 4-6, 2016

"E" is for Environment: A Graduate Student Symposium in Celebration of Gaylord Nelson at 100


What do we really mean when we say we study 'environments'? 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.

Read an interview with Symposium participant Dr. Scott Kirsch.

See the full Symposium schedule and list of participants.

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

Past Symposia Programs