Announcing Environments & Societies Fall 2017 Colloquium Series

The "Environments & Societies: History, Literature, and Justice" Research Initiative has announced its Fall Quarter 2017 colloquium series. Speakers from several different universities will address the human-nature interactions critical to meeting the environmental challenges of our era.

The initiative builds cross-disciplinary collaboration in the environmental humanities and humanistic social sciences. Colloquium participants should plan to download and read the discussion paper, which you can access by joining the E&S mailing list or emailing .



Wednesday, October 18 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Plants that Purify: The Natural and Supernatural History of Smudging

Rosalyn LaPier, Environmental Studies, University of Montana

L.J. Andrews Conference (2203 SS&H)


Thursday, October 26 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Film Screening: The Land Beneath Our Feet

Gregg Mitman (Director), Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin

Wright Hall, Lab A


Friday, October 27 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The World that Firestone Built: Capitalism, American Empire, and the Forgotten Promise of Liberia

Gregg Mitman, Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin

STS/CSIS Conference Room (1246 SS&H)


Wednesday, November 8 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Destructive Creation: Tanneries, Deforestation, and Remaking the Landscape in 19th-Century New York

Nickolas Perrone, History, UC Davis

L.J. Andrews Conference (2203 SS&H)


Wednesday, November 15 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Selling Happily: Scrap Sociality in the Urban Resource Frontier of Kunming, China

Adam Liebman, Anthropology, UC Davis

L.J. Andrews Conference (2203 SS&H)


Wednesday, November 29 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Bird Class: Poetry, Ornithology, and Energy Transition at the Turn of the 19th Century

Michael Ziser, English, UC Davis

L.J. Andrews Conference (2203 SS&H)


Download the Fall 2017 Colloquium Series poster or visit the E&S website.