Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Earth and Environmental Sciences Working Group explores the interactions between humans and their environments from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. Meetings are held monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:30 to 8:00 on first Wednesdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.
Frederick Rowe Davis is professor and the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History at Purdue University. His research interests lie at the intersection of the history of earth and environmental sciences, environmental health, and environmental history. Davis recently published Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Yale University Press). He formerly taught at Florida State University. He is spending 2016-17 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Fulbright Scholar.
Jeremy Vetter is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona. His research is at the intersection of environmental history and the history of science and technology in the American West.
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
December 2, 2015
The group discussed a recent forum on "Technology, Ecology, and Human Health since 1850," Environmental History 20 (2015): 710-804. The group's conveners (Benson, Roberts, and Vetter) began the conversation by introducing specific themes and topics relevant to their own work.
September 30, 2015
Larry Kessler from Temple Univ. shared his paper, "'Overcoming Nature by Nature': Biological Pest Control and the Campaign for Hawaiian Annexation."
April 24, 2015
Lisa Ruth Rand of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper "Under the Copper Curtain: Project West Ford and the Roots of Outer Space Environmentalism, 1958-1964."
March 27, 2015
Jeremy Vetter of the University of Arizona introduced his paper, "Field Stations and the Problem of Scale: Local, Regional, and Global at the Desert Lab"
March 6, 2015
Mary Mitchell of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper, "Falling Out: Challenging Atmospheric Nuclear Testing in the Domestic Courts"
February 6, 2015
Jody Roberts of the Chemical Heritage Foundation introduced his book chapter, "Re-Inventing Green Chemistry: Alternative Histories for a Sustainable Science"
May 1, 2014
Rebecca Onion introduced selections from Lawrence Badash, A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, and Peter Stearns and Timothy Haggerty. "The Role of Fear: Transitions in American Emotional Standards for Children, 1850-1950." The American Historical Review 96, no. 1 (February 1, 1991): 63â€“94.
March 6, 2014
The group discussed Daniel Schneider's Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem.
December 5, 2013
Rebecca Onion of PACHS introduced selections from New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, eds. Sara Pritchard, Dolly Jorgenson, Finn Arne Jorgenson, U of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.
November 7, 2013
Paul Sabin of Yale University introduced selections from his The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future (Yale UP, 2013)