History of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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April 6, 2016
Members in the Philadelphia area were invited to attend a local screening of Peter Galison and Robb Moss's new film, Containment (2015), about nuclear waste sites and the challenge of communicating their danger to humanity 10,000 years in the future, followed by a discussion with Peter Galison: here.
March 2, 2016
Elaine LaFay of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper "'On the Teeth of the Wind': Medical Meteorology and the American Empire Along the Antebellum U.S. Gulf Coast."
January 27, 2016
Note special day. Nick Shapiro, research fellow at CHF joined the group for a discussion of his recent work published in Cultural Anthropology, "Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime." The article is available for download at www.culanth.org/articles/781-attuning-to-the-chemosphere-domestic.
December 2, 2015
The group discussed a recent forum on "Technology, Ecology, and Human Health since 1850," Environmental History 20 (2015): 710-804. The group's conveners (Benson, Roberts, and Vetter) began the conversation by introducing specific themes and topics relevant to their own work.
September 30, 2015
Larry Kessler from Temple Univ. shared his paper, "'Overcoming Nature by Nature': Biological Pest Control and the Campaign for Hawaiian Annexation."
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): 63â€“94.
Frederick Rowe Davis is Professor and Head and the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History at Purdue University. His research interests lie at the intersection of the history of earth and environmental sciences, environmental health, and environmental history. He recently published Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Yale 2014).
Mark Hersey is Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University and co-editor of Environmental History. His research interests lie in the fields of environmental, rural, and agricultural history, with a particular emphasis on the American South, especially Alabama and Mississippi. He is the author of My Work Is That Of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver.
Jeremy Vetter is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona. His research is at the intersection of environmental history and the history of science and technology in the American West. He is the author of Field Life: Science in the American West during the Railroad Era (Pittsburgh, 2016).