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Oral histories from the Rappahannock River

As a colonial historian, I never thought I’d be working on an oral history project, but a couple of years ago a student from my environmental history class, Woodie Walker, who is also a conservationist at Friends of the Rappahannock … Continue reading

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Teaching US Environmental History during Trump’s first 100 days

This semester I found myself teaching U.S. Environmental History in what I’ll just call a disturbing political climate (har) for those of us concerned with our environment. In the past four months, Scott Pruitt, a “climate change denialist” and the former … Continue reading

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Paleoclimatology and the environmental history of New Netherland/New York

Although I’ve been teaching US Environmental History at UMW the last few years (and a seminar on American Wilderness), and although I write about perceptions of landscapes in my research, I haven’t really done much scholarship I’d consider environmental history as … Continue reading

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Wild and Scenic Film Fest

Wild & Scenic Film Fest expands to two locations 4th annual event features films that inspire environmental activism For immediate release Contact: Woodie Walker E-mail: woodie.walker @riverfriends.org Phone: (540) 373-3448 x. 117 FREDERICKSBURG – There aren’t many empty seats at … Continue reading

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Rappahannock film premier

RAPPAHANNOCK 8×11 Friends of the Rappahannock, a local conservation organization in Fredericksburg, will be hosting the premier of a documentary by Oscar-nominated director Bayley Silleck at UMW’s Dodd Auditorium on Sunday, November 9, from 3-4 pm (you can grab the promotional … Continue reading

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Wildly unrealistic summer reading plans

Yeah that’s right. It’s just not going to happen. And frankly, I made myself stop pulling books I’ve not yet read from the shelf and adding them to the stack, but there are more I’d like to be there, and … Continue reading

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California droughtin’

Granted, I’m far removed from residing in California by this point, but that’s not to say I’m no longer a Californian–it’s still where most of my people are, and I still can’t help but cringe when I think about the … Continue reading

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The book that inspired it all…

So this is the genesis of the American Wilderness class. I’d read Melanie Perreault’s essay in here after Jan Golinski recommended it to me over lunch at The Huntington, and ultimately cited both their work in my own scholarship. I … Continue reading

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Up next in American Wilderness…

The quintessential study, now a classic. Interesting Preface to the Fourth Edition of a book first published in 1967, an intellectual history of American ideas about wilderness from their European roots to an epilogue considering the contemporary “ethical and biocentric … Continue reading

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Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, with essays on conservation from Round River

This week’s reading in my American Wilderness seminar. I hadn’t read it before this class, but it’s certainly a departure from the Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson and Perry Miller and Frederick Jackson Turner that we read in … Continue reading

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