The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series
 

The Idea of Nature Lecture Series:
Bringing the World to Boise.

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

Now in its sixth 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. 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 sent an email to ideaofnature@boisestate.edu.

PARKING INFORMATION FOR 2017

Free parking will be available in the Lincoln Parking Structure. The event "Idea of Nature" will be listed on the screen of the payment kiosk.

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 purchase ticket, and then the name "Idea of Nature" will be listed, print the receipt and take it with you for free parking.

SPRING 2017 SCHEDULE
  1. "Deliberate Living: The Challenge of Walden in the 21st Century"
    Laura Walls, Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
    February 16, 2017 - Boise State Student Union - Jordan Ballroom

    Thoreau's Walden remains one of the most-read and most-taught classics of American literature, yet it remains one of the most challenging of books. Why did Thoreau go to the woods? What did he learn there? And why didn't he stay? These questions puzzled Thoreau himself, and his quest to compose answers that would bear the full weight of his life and thought led to the publication of Walden--which in turn led him to reach beyond his local audience and down the generations to us, today. Thoreau was a prophet as well as a naturalist and poet, and now that we live in the future he most feared, his call to live "deliberately" seems more urgent, and more difficult, than ever.

    Professor Walls is a scholar in the transdisciplinary field of literature and science, with a focus on the nineteenth century and American Transcendentalism. Her many books include a forthcoming biography of Henry David Thoreau and prize-winning books on Alexander von Humboldt and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the William P. and Hazel B. White Foundation.

  2. “A Tapestry of Nature: Emerging Themes of Disturbance and Recovery from Multiple Disciplines”
    Nalini Nadkarni, Professor of Biology, University of Utah
    March 16, 2017 - Boise State Student Union - Simplot Ballroom

    The complexity, dynamics, and vulnerability of rainforests requires insights from many disciplines. Nalini Nadkarni brings deep experience of academic ecology to the loom of understanding forest landscapes, and weaves insights from seemingly distant ways of knowing as religion, social justice, traffic engineering, sociology, neuroscience, urban planning, and medicine to elucidate the processes of recovery following disturbances in a broad range of systems.

    Nalini Nadkarni is known as the "Queen of the Rainforest Canopy." She is a forest ecologist and science communicator who disseminates her understanding of trees to audiences that include artists, church congregations, and the incarcerated. She written over 110 articles, three scholarly books, and has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  3. "'The Ghostly Language of the Ancient Earth': The Idea of Nature in Deep Time"
    Scott Ashley, Lecturer in Medieval History, Newcastle University, U.K.
    April 20, 2017 - Boise State Student Union - Jordan Ballroom

    In 1799 William Wordsworth imagined his younger self standing beneath the rocks of his native mountains listening to the ‘ghostly language of the ancient earth’. I also try to hear the echoes that come out of the deep past and decipher what we can learn from them about the entangling of the human and natural worlds and the origins of the idea of Nature.

    Professor Ashley currently teaches medieval, world and environmental history at Newcastle University, UK. He has published on diverse matters, including the Vikings, ninth-century astronomy and Captain James Cook. He is currently researching the role of climate change in the early middle ages and the ecological impacts of the Vikings in the North Atlantic.

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 2017

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'The Ghostly Language of the Ancient Earth': The Idea of Nature in Deep Time (Flyer), Scott Ashley (April 20, 2017)

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A Tapestry of Nature: Emerging Themes of Disturbance and Recovery from Multiple Disciplines (Flyer), Nalini Nadkarni (March 16, 2017)

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Deliberate Living: The Challenge of Walden in the 21st Century (Flyer), Laura Walls (February 16, 2017)

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2016 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2017)

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 (Flyer), Rebecca Kneale Gould (April 23, 2015)

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The Nature of a Spacious Life (Lecture), 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 (Lecture), Kevin Hutchings (April 30, 2012)

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Romanticism, Blake, and the Politics of Nature (Flyer), 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 (Flyer), Rochelle Johnson (February 17, 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)

Submissions from 2011

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