How to Join
If you would like to be added to the email list for the Colloquium, just send a request to email@example.com.
It is very helpful to have a list of potential topics and/or discussion launchers for the year ahead, so if you have ideas or suggestions about those, and especially if you would like to volunteer yourself, please email Willliam Cronon, so that he can gather people's thoughts.
The CHE Environmental History Colloquium was founded in 2002 as a way to foster cross-disciplinary conversation and collegial friendships among faculty, staff, and grad students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who share an interest in past environmental change, especially as it relates to human activities and ideas. With the launching of the Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) as part of UW-Madison's Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Colloquium now has a permanent institutional home in CHE.
From the beginning, the Colloquium has attracted dozens of regular participants from a wide array of departments and programs, including anthropology, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, botany, business, English literature, environmental studies, forestry, geography, geology and geophysics, history, history of science, landscape architecture, law, rural sociology, science and technology studies, sociology, urban and regional planning, and others.
Although members bring radically different disciplinary backgrounds and perspectives to the group, they share a common conviction that studying and understanding past environmental change is critical to the success of their own intellectual work. Because we recognize that no one discipline has a monopoly on methods or theories that can yield crucial insights into environmental change in the past, the Colloquium is designed to maximize opportunities for members to bring diverse viewpoints to bear on shared intellectual problems.
We also work hard to build a genuine sense of community among colleagues who might not otherwise regularly see each other outside this context. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to join us.
Except under unusual circumstances, Colloquium meetings generally fall on Wednesdays from 12:00noon to 1:00pm in the CHE seminar room in 202-204 Bradley Memorial Building at 1225 Linden Drive. Here are the scheduled dates, with discussion launchers and topics as they become available:
2/26: Graduate Student Presentations in preparation for the annual American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Conference