The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series
 
PARKING INFORMATION FOR 2015
Parking will be available in the Lincoln Parking Structure.

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 or Jordan Ballroom. 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 2015 SCHEDULE
  1. "The Wolf Trap: Entering the Woods through Fairy Tales"
    Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Folklore & Mythology, Harvard University
    February 18, 2015

    Animals are good to think with, as Claude-Lévi Strauss famously told us, and fairy tales confirm that wisdom. Stories from the childhood of culture may have moved into the culture of childhood, but they engage with adult matters, taking up and disturbing the line dividing nature from culture, predator from prey. We will begin with a girl, a wolf, and an encounter in the woods.

  2. "Nature: From Howling Wilderness to the Call of the Wild"
    David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Unversity College London
    March 19, 2015

    Raw nature in Biblical tradition was the wilderness into which Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden. Uncultivated nature long remained abhorrent to most Americans. I trace the stunning aesthetic reversion from seemly cultivation to modern adoration of untrammeled wilderness, and discuss rewilding’s troublesome ecological and social consequences.

  3. "The Nature of a Spacious Life"
    Rebecca Kneale Gould, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Co-director: Philosophy, Religion and Environmental Focus, Middlebury College
    April 23, 2015

    What does it mean to live a spacious life? In a time of environmental crisis, does “sitting still” have any value when action and activism are so urgently needed? What role does the life of the spirit (however defined) play in our experiences of nature and in our commitments to promoting ecological health? And how does experience in nature, in turn, nurture the life of the spirit? This lecture will engage these questions through a showing of the 2012 contemplative documentary, The Fire Inside (co-created by Phil Walker and Rebecca Kneale Gould) followed by a rich conversation about the deep questions that the film evokes.

  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 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 (Lecture), John Elder (February 14, 2013)

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Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont (Flyer), 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 (Flyer), James Engell (March 15, 2012)

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Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature (Lecture), 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)