The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series
 
PARKING INFORMATION FOR 2014
Parking will be available in the Lincoln Parking Structure. The coupon code is: 20149793

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 coupon code for free parking.

"INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS: THE IDEA OF NATURE" PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES

In spring 2012, a new public lecture series began at Boise State University: "Interdisciplinary Explorations: The Idea of Nature." The goal of the series is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry and to foster dialogue across the campus and community, based on the premise that big questions need interdisciplinary answers.

Videos of the lectures and the promotional materials can be 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 A-D. All lectures will begin at 6 PM with a free reception with appetizers to follow at 7 PM.

For free tickets for the receptions or information about free parking, please contact Dr. Harvey at samanthaharvey@ boisestate.edu .

SPRING 2014 SCHEDULE
  1. "After Nature: Living in the Anthropocene"
    Jedidiah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University
    February 12, 2014

    Human beings have changed everything in the world. There is no longer such a thing as a Nature that comes before us, no natural, pre-human order for us to restore. How shall we think about environmental law, politics, and ethics in this situation?

  2. "Emily Dickinson and Science"
    Richard Brantley, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
    March 13, 2014

    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) took her cue from the scientific method. "Experiment escorts us last," she wrote. Just as her understanding of temporal and spatial change channeled geology, so her sense of the sublime consulted astronomy. Her grasp of the bald, cold truth of life's struggle out-Darwined Darwin. Thus she thrilled and shuddered in nature's creative and destructive presence.

  3. "Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees in 19th Century Literature"
    Susan Oliver, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Essex, England
    April 24, 2014

    From the medieval greenwood to plantation forestry, nineteenth-century poetry and fiction is filled with references to trees. Susan Oliver looks at ecological crisis and the complex relationship between people and woods as trees were replaced by grass in a rapidly changing world.

  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 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)