A few weeks ago, to acquaint students with primary sources and the process of reading archival materials “against the grain,” I brought to class a few sample sources from my own research. Sometimes just a few letters can offer revealing lenses into the past.
One of the fascinating things about site-specific performance in its broadest sense is that it helps us to think inclusively about bodies and the environments in which they are embedded.
Why is environmental history not more “mainstream”? What are your ideas for incorporating the environment and environmental history into survey courses?
It will be news to no one that state-based explanations for the past just don’t fire the historical imagination like they used to and that environmental historians have been at the forefront of a transnational shift.
The La Brea Tar Pits have yielded the most extensive record of a Pleistocene environment on the planet. Yet the pits are also a misnomer, for they are an artifact of nineteenth-century asphalt mining and twentieth-century fossil excavations.
From the south-facing window of my third floor apartment, I sometimes see the sunrise.
There are certain questions that have given my research on the history of the Ilkisongo Maasai and conservation a sense of urgency.
A few miles northeast of Boulder, CO lies the Midwest in miniature—and where our crew from the Boulder Apple Tree Project sampled trees from Sarah’s orchard.
This is the second half of a two-part series on the Lost Cause of the Lowcountry.