On these pages you'll find a sampling of some of the cool stuff that CHE is all about. On some of these pages we've documented our Place-Based Workshops, Film Festivals, and other activities over the years. On others, you'll find a sampling of some of the ways CHE studies environmental issues in the past and present. For those interested in environmental history, we've also assembled pages that are fun, eclectic, and helpful approaches to the field. There is a lot here, so take some time and explore.
We have created a separate section of the site, CHE Energy, for various resources that explore the historical and human relationships with energy production, transmission, distribution, and consumption. These pages are the combined output of the Spring 2010 CHE Methods Seminar and the 2010 Place-Based Workshop that focused on issues of energy in the Upper Midwest. Taken together, these pages show off what happens when you apply the efforts and insights of folks from many disciplinary backgrounds to a single topic like energy.
In the Fall of 2008, Prof. William Cronon and his graduate seminar in American environmental history produced a remarkable site devoted to the process and practice of historical research. While of interest to anyone curious about studying the past, these pages are extremely relevant for environmental historians who seek to combine the reading of documents and landscapes in their approach to history.
to visit the site, click here
Images from "Learning to do Historical Research"
This page is where participants of CHE's 2009 Place-Based Workshop have assembled a set of "tips" for ways of reading history in the contemporary urban landscape. Although these tips were based on CHE's visit to Chicago and its environs, we hope you'll find these tips insightful and interesting for any urban landscape you might be exploring either as a scholor or a curious visitor.
In Fall 2007 and Fall 2009, in connection with the Tales from Planet Earth Film Festival, CHE students learned how to make short films that explored environmental themes. These films acted as trailers before the festival's films, and students later expanded them into longer pieces. These films are just one more place where CHE seeks to bring its eclectic perspective to larger audiences. To see the films, click here
Telling Stories with Environmental Film – An eclectic list compiled by Peter Boger, Fall 2010An (Briefly) Animated Environment – Short Animated Films with Environmental Themes – compiled by Peter Boger, Fall 2010
An eclectic set of links to things that CHE cares about and we think you might too.
All photos by William Cronon