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 ninth 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. Due to Covid-19 all events this year will be held virtually by Zoom. Registration is required, please send an email to ideaofnature@boisestate.edu, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the lecture.

All lectures will begin at 6 PM.

SPRING 2021 SCHEDULE
  1. “Thomas Cole and the Destruction of American Nature”
    Allan Wallach, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History Emeritus, William and Mary College
    February 18, 2021 - Virutal Zoom Presentation

    Thomas Cole (1801-1848), today remembered as the “founder” of the Hudson River School, influenced two generations of American landscape painters. His followers--Asher B. Durand, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, among others--lauded expansion and material progress. By contrast, Cole lamented the destruction of nature that progress entailed. His paintings and writings, which celebrate a nature untouched by modernization, went against the mainstream opinion of his time. Today they seem prophetic.

  2. “Idaho First: How Archaeological Discoveries on the Lower Salmon River Change Our Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas”
    Loren Davis, Professor of Anthropology, Oregon State University
    March 17, 2021 - Virutal Zoom Presentation

    Who were the First Idahoans? Archaeological research at the Cooper’s Ferry site on the Lower Salmon River indicates that Western Stemmed Tradition people were living in the Columbia River basin between 16,560 and 15,280 years ago until about 13,000 years ago. This exciting discovery is strong evidence for the deep antiquity of human entry into North America during the late Ice Age: a time that horses and other charismatic megafauna roamed Idaho. The First Idahoans arrived before the opening of an ice-free corridor, which favors the hypothesis of boat-supported migration from the Bering Strait down the Pacific coast.

  3. “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?”
    Robin Wall Kimmerer, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
    April 7, 2021 - Virutal Zoom Presentation

    We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the convenant of reciprocity, how might we use the gifts and the responsibilities of human people in support of mutual thriving in a time of ecological crisis.

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 2021

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What Does the Earth Ask of Us? (Flyer), Robin Wall Kimmerer (April 7, 2021)

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Idaho First: How Archaeological Discoveries on the Lower Salmon River Change Our Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas (Flyer), Loren Davis (March 17, 2021)

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Thomas Cole and the Destruction of American Nature (Flyer), Alan Wallach (February 18, 2021)

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2021 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Handbill), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2021)

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2021 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2021)

Submissions from 2020

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Thomas Cole and the Destruction of American Nature (Flyer), Alan Wallach (April 16, 2020)

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Idaho First: How Archaeological Discoveries on the Lower Salmon River Change Our Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas (Flyer), Loren Davis (March 18, 2020)

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Idaho First: How Archaeological Discoveries on the Lower Salmon River Change Our Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas (Slides), Loren Davis (March 18, 2020)

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The Buzz About Bees (Lecture), Thor Hanson (February 19, 2020)

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The Buzz About Bees (Flyer), Thor Hanson (February 19, 2020)

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2020 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Handbill), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2020)

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2020 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer), Samantha Harvey (January 1, 2020)

Submissions from 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rights of Nature: The Future of Idaho's Landscape (Flyer), 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 (Flyer), Scott Ashley (April 20, 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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A Tapestry of Nature: Emerging Themes of Disturbance and Recovery from Multiple Disciplines (Flyer), Nalini Nadkarni (March 16, 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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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 (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 (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)