Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Earth and Environmental Sciences Working Group explores the interactions between humans and their environments from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. Meetings are held monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 3:30 to 5:00 on first Fridays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.
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October 2, 2015
- April 24, 2015
- Lisa Ruth Rand of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper “Under the Copper Curtain: Project West Ford and the Roots of Outer Space Environmentalism, 1958-1964.”
- March 27, 2015
- Jeremy Vetter of the University of Arizona introduced his paper, “Field Stations and the Problem of Scale: Local, Regional, and Global at the Desert Lab”
- March 6, 2015
- Mary Mitchell of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper, “Falling Out: Challenging Atmospheric Nuclear Testing in the Domestic Courts”
- February 6, 2015
- Jody Roberts of the Chemical Heritage Foundation introduced his book chapter, “Re-Inventing Green Chemistry: Alternative Histories for a Sustainable Science”
- May 1, 2014
- Rebecca Onion introduced selections from Lawrence Badash, A Nuclear Winter’s Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, and Peter Stearns and Timothy Haggerty. “The Role of Fear: Transitions in American Emotional Standards for Children, 1850-1950.” The American Historical Review 96, no. 1 (February 1, 1991): 63–94.
- March 6, 2014
- The group discussed Daniel Schneider’s Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem.
- December 5, 2013
- Rebecca Onion of PACHS introduced selections from New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, eds. Sara Pritchard, Dolly Jorgenson, Finn Arne Jorgenson, U of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.
- November 7, 2013
- Paul Sabin of Yale University introduced selections from his The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future (Yale UP, 2013)
- October 3, 2013
- Jacob Hamblin of Oregon State introduced selections from his book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism
- April 18, 2013
- L. Ruth Rand introduced her Orbital Decay: Space Junk and the Environmental History of a Global Commons, 1957-2009
- March 7, 2013
- Jody Roberts introduced his draft book chapter, Politics in a Bottle
- February 7, 2013
- Jeffery Brideau introduced his draft dissertation chapter, An Inland Seacoast? The Origins of the Seaway Idea and Construction of Bi-National Interest
- November 1, 2012
- Jeffery Brideau introduced the Introduction from Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhône by Sara B. Pritchard.
- October 18, 2012 (note special day)
- Jody Roberts introduced the collection of essays The Future of Environmental History: Needs and Opportunities published by the Rachel Carson Center.
- January 18, 2012
- Building a Protective Web: CHESS and the Challenges of System Building in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1969-1977 by Jongmin Lee of Virginia Tech.
- November 16, 2011
- Group discussion of A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860 by Christopher F. Jones
- October 19, 2011
- The Nose as Sanitary Agent: Scenting the Home by Melanie Kiechle, CHF
- May 18, 2011
- Jody Roberts will introduce Climate for Change, or How to Create a Green Modernity?
by Ulrich Beck Theory Culture Society 2010 27: 254
A New Climate for Society
by Sheila Jasanoff
Theory Culture Society 2010 27: 233
- April 20, 2011
- The Cosmopolitan Society and Its Enemies by Ulrich Beck
Theory Culture Society 2002 19: 17
Science for the Post-normal Age
by Silvio 0. Funtowicz and Jerome R. Ravetz
Futures, Volume 25, Issue 7, September 1993, Pages 739-755
- March 16, 2011
- Introduction to Hidden Waters: Groundwater Histories of Iran and the Mediterranean by Abigail Schade, Columbia University
- February 16, 2011
- Unruly Technology and Fractured Oversight by Jody Roberts, Chemical Heritage Foundation