The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series
 

The Idea of Nature Lecture Series:
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"INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS: THE IDEA OF NATURE" PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES

Now in its fifth year, the goal of the The Idea of Nature lecture series is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry about the environment and to foster dialogue across the campus and community.

Videos of the lectures and the promotional materials can be streamed or downloaded from the links below.

These lectures are free, open to the public, and require no tickets. All events will be held in the Boise State Student Union building, Simplot Ballroom. All lectures will begin at 6 PM with a free reception with appetizers to follow at 7 PM.

To RSVP for the free reception, please contact Dr. Harvey at samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu.

PARKING INFORMATION FOR 2016
Parking will be available in the Lincoln Parking Structure. The coupon code is: 70161485.

The main entrance to the parking structure is located off Belmont St. You will be able to park in any space that is not designated by a sign. You need to remember the space number then proceed to a pay kiosk. Pay kiosks are available on each floor by the staircase, and the first floor machine is located in the lobby of the Northwest staircase. You will need to enter the space number at the pay kiosk, select pay by the hour, and then enter the above coupon code for free parking.

SPRING 2016 SCHEDULE
  1. "Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers"
    Ellen Wohl, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University
    March 3, 2016

    Perceptions of river health are influenced by expectations regarding the appearance of a natural river, but appearance depends on geomorphic context and river history. I examine how physical complexity – messiness – influences river health, how human activities simplify rivers and compromise river health, and how we can restore complexity and ecosystem services provided by rivers.

    Wohl is a Fellow of both the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union and has received many awards, including the Gladys W. Cole Memorial Award from the Geological Society of America, the Kirk Bryan Award from the Geological Society of America, the G.K. Gilbert Award from the Association of American Geographers, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Water Education, Research.

  2. “John Muir and the Religion of Nature: A Bankrupt Legacy?"
    Donald Worster, University of Kansas
    March 17, 2016

    John Muir and the cause for which he fought, the preservation of wild nature, have been assaulted as tainted by racism, indifferent to the most pressing environmental problems, and bankrupt intellectually and morally. It is time for a new and more fair-minded appraisal of both the man and his cause.

    Professor Worster has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Australian National University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has written eight books, which together have won more than dozen book prizes. He is former president of the American Society for Environmental History and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  3. “Adventures in a Natural History Museum"
    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor, History Department. Harvard University
    April 14, 2016

    Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to study nature. Laurel Ulrich and her students went to a Natural History Museum to study Thoreau. There they not only discovered Thoreau’s pond turtle, but a fish that taught them to write, and new vantage point on botany by considering a 116-year-old tortilla. These are only a few of the tangible things Professor Ulrich will explore in her lecture.

    Ulrich has written six books, including Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History and A Midwife's Tale, which was later developed into a documentary film for the PBS series American Experience. Ulrich has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and she’s received a MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellowship, among other numerous prizes and distinctions.

  4. About Dr. Samantha Harvey
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    Dr. Samantha Harvey joined the faculty of the Department of English at Boise State University in 2010. She received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in English Literature and her B.A. in English and the Study of Religion from Harvard University. Dr. Harvey's teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry and prose, transatlantic Romanticism, and literature and the environment.




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Submissions from 2016

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Adventures in a Natural History Museum (Lecture), Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (April 14, 2016)

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John Muir and the Religion of Nature: A Bankrupt Legacy? (Lecture), Donald Worster (March 17, 2016)

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Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers (Lecture), Ellen Wohl (March 3, 2016)

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2016 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2016)

Submissions from 2015

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The Nature of a Spacious Life (Lecture), Rebecca Kneale Gould (April 23, 2015)

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The Nature of a Spacious Life (Flyer), Rebecca Kneale Gould (April 23, 2015)

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Nature: From Howling Wilderness to the Call of the Wild (Flyer), David Lowenthal (March 19, 2015)

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Nature: From Howling Wilderness to the Call of the Wild (Lecture), David Lowenthal (March 19, 2015)

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The Wolf Trap: Entering the Woods through Fairy Tales (Lecture), Maria Tatar (March 9, 2015)

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The Wolf Trap: Entering the Woods through Fairy Tales (Flyer), Maria Tatar (February 18, 2015)

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2015 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2015)

Submissions from 2014

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Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees in 19th Century Literature (Lecture), Susan Oliver (April 24, 2014)

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Emily Dickinson and Science (Lecture), Richard Brantley (March 13, 2014)

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After Nature: Living in the Anthropocene (Lecture), Jedidiah Purdy (February 12, 2014)

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Flyer with 2014 Schedule for the Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series, Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2014)

Submissions from 2013

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The Nature of Slow Food (Lecture), Dan Philippon (March 12, 2013)

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The Nature of Slow Food (Flyer), Dan Philippon (March 12, 2013)

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Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont (Flyer), John Elder (February 14, 2013)

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Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont (Lecture), John Elder (February 14, 2013)

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Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series - 2013 brochure with schedule, Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2013)

Submissions from 2012

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Romanticism, Blake, and the Politics of Nature (Flyer), Kevin Hutchings (April 30, 2012)

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Romanticism, Blake, and the Politics of Nature (Lecture), Kevin Hutchings (April 30, 2012)

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Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature (Lecture), James Engell (March 15, 2012)

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Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature (Flyer), James Engell (March 15, 2012)

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On Metaphor and Progress: Nature in Literature and Landscape Painting in 19th-Century America (Lecture), Rochelle Johnson (February 17, 2012)

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On Metaphor and Progress: Nature in Literature and Landscape Painting in 19th-Century America (Flyer), Rochelle Johnson (February 17, 2012)

Submissions from 2011

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The Poetics of Nature (Lecture), James McKusick (April 22, 2011)