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 seventh 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 2019

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 note your license plate number when proceeding 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 2019 SCHEDULE
  1. "Rights of Nature: The Future of Idaho's Landscape"
    Paulette Jordan, formerly in the Idaho House of Representatives and candidate for governor of Idaho
    February 6, 2019 - Boise State Student Union - Jordan Ballroom

    Paulette Jordan grew up on a farm in northern Idaho and was the youngest person ever elected to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council. In 2014, she was elected to represent her home district in the Idaho House of Representatives and successfully ran for a second term two years later. Her campaign for governor in 2018 garnered local and national media attention, and if elected she would have been the first woman and first Native American governor of Idaho.

  2. “Thomas Jefferson's Nature”
    Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History Emeritus, University of Virginia
    March 13, 2019 - Boise State Student Union - Jordan Ballroom

    A leading scholar of Jefferson and the early American republic, Onuf is the author, coauthor, and editor of numerous books including the New York Times bestseller, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, coauthored with Annette Gordon-Reed (who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family which revealed Jefferson’s relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings). Other books include Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (2001), The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007). He is also a co-host (with Brian Balogh and Edward Ayers) of the weekly public radio program and podcast Backstory with the American History Guys.

  3. "Changing Views of Nature"
    Bernd Heinrich, Professor Emeritus in Biology, University of Vermont
    April 17, 2019 - Boise State Student Union - Jordan Ballroom

    Professor Heinrich has published over twenty books on natural history, including Bumblebee Economics and Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, a New York Times bestseller. Among many other awards, he has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Fellowship Award, the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing (for Mind of the Raven, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”), the Pen New England Book Award for non-fiction (for Life Everlasting), the Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. He is also a noted ultra-marathon runner, as he writes about in his best-selling Why We Run and elsewhere; his running achievements have been recognized by the American Ultra-running Hall of Fame and other organizations.

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 2019

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Changing Views of Nature, Bernd Heinrich (April 17, 2019)

Thomas Jefferson's Nature - Ketchum Lecture, Peter S. Onuf (March 14, 2019)

Thomas Jefferson's Nature - Boise State University Lecture, Peter S. Onuf (March 13, 2019)

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Thomas Jefferson's Nature (Flyer), Peter S. Onuf (March 13, 2019)

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Rights of Nature: The Future of Idaho's Landscape, Paulette Jordan (February 6, 2019)

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2019 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2019)

Submissions from 2017

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"The Ghostly Language of the Ancient Earth": The Idea of Nature in Deep Time, Scott Ashley (April 20, 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, Nalini Nadkarni (March 16, 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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Deliberate Living: The Challenge of Walden in the 21st Century (Lecture), Laura Walls (February 16, 2017)

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2017 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 (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 (Lecture), David Lowenthal (March 19, 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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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 (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 (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)