by Dr. Stephen Pyne
Abstract: The 2001 lecture was a highlight of the 2001 joint conference of the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society. Dr. Steven Pyne, an eminent fire historian sought a new model for imagining the relationship of man and wildfire. The lecture was held at 7:30 p.m. on 29 March 2001 in Ballroom 102/103 of the Marriott Convention Center in Durham, N.C.
Steve Pyne is a professor in the Biology & Society Program at Arizona State University. He has written many noted books, including How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History (New York: Viking, 1998) and Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910 (New York: Viking, 2001). His best known works are from his “Cycle of Fire” suite, a survey of fire and humanity around the world, published in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship (1988), a Fulbright Fellowship (Sweden), and two NEH Fellowships in addition to numerous literary honors. The Forest History Society named his book Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1982) the best book published in 1981/1982.
The Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History is sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Duke University Department of History, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.