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Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History

The Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History is a collaborative effort between the Forest History Society and the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and the Department of History. It seeks to recognize a scholar or leader in natural resources that is shaping our understanding of human history and environmental change. In addition to being serious scholarship, the lectureships will be accessible to a broad audience on unique and provocative topics and philosophies. The lectureship is supported by funds derived from the Society's Lynn W. Day Endowment for Publications in Forest History. The Endowment was augmented with funds from a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


2016 Lecture

"Public Lands and the Fault Lines of a Democracy: Reflections on a Second Century for National Parks"
by Rolf Diamant

2015 Lecture

"The Ecology of Erasure: Soil Erosion, Landscape Conservation, and the Greening of the South"
by Dr. Paul Sutter

2014 Lecture

"Before and After Rachel Carson: Women and the Environmental Movement"
by Dr. Robert K. Musil

2013 Lecture

"Forest Conservation and Climate Change: Adaptation of Science, Policy, and Practices"
by Dr. David Cleaves

2012 Lecture

"'If You Build It. . .' The Transcontinental Railroads and the Environmental Consequences of Premature Development"
by Dr. Richard White

2011 Lecture

"Policymaking Under Conditions of Uncertainty: The Weeks Act and the Eastern National Forests"
by Dr. Robert G. Healy

2010 Lecture

"Climate Change, Boreal Forests, and the Legacies of History"
by Dr. Nancy Langston

2009 Lecture
"The Meaning of Wilderness and the Rights of Nature"
by Dr. Roderick F. Nash
2008 Lecture
"The Next Environmentalism: After the 2008 Election"
by Dr. Robert Gottlieb
2007 Lecture
"Remaking American Environmentalism: On the Banks of the L.A. River"
by Dr. Jenny Price
2006 Lecture
"Will the U.S. Forest Service Celebrate a Bicentennial?:The Remarkable History of and Future Challenges Facing a Resource Agency"
by Dr. Char Miller
2005 Lecture
"The Fight for the Forefathers: Who Owns Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold?"
by Dr. Patricia Limerick
2004 Lecture
"John Muir and the Modern Passion for Nature"
by Dr. Donald Worster
2003 Lecture
"Challenges and Opportunities for the Application of Historical Studies to Conservation"
by Dr. David R. Foster
2002 Lecture
"Forests and War in World History"
by Dr. John R. McNeill
2001 Lecture
"The Source"
by Dr. Stephen Pyne
2000 Lecture
[None held]
1999 Lecture
"Humanist Environmentalism: A Manifesto"
by Dr. William Cronon