The Riddle of Sustainability:
A Surprisingly Short History of
- President, American Historical Association
- Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
William Cronon's work seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us. He is the author of several prize-winning books, including: Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England; Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West; and the soon-to-be published Saving Nature in Time: The Environmental Past and the Human Future.
4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
(reception to follow)