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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 Center from 6:00 to 7:30 on first Thursdays

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Upcoming Meetings

May 1, 2014

Rebecca Onion will introduce 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.


October 2, 2014

TBA


Past Meetings


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
http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/27/2-3/254
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263276409358729
and
A New Climate for Society
by Sheila Jasanoff
Theory Culture Society 2010 27: 233
http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/27/2-3/233
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263276409361497

April 20, 2011

The Cosmopolitan Society and Its Enemies by Ulrich Beck
Theory Culture Society 2002 19: 17
and
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

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