Presentations and Discussions
FHS sponsors presentations, discussions, and lectures at its headquarters in Durham, at conferences, and online. Presenters from varied backgrounds give talks on unique and provocative topics such as the life of naturalist-scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the U.S. Forest Service in the civil rights era, and the intersection of American wilderness and the global pandemic. Recordings of the presentations are later made available on our YouTube channel.
In 2021, FHS is offering a virtual lecture series called “Unprecedented Seasons”. In these half-hour presentations, speakers explore the biggest topics of this last year—including racial inequality and social justice, social isolation/distancing, and climate change—through the lens of environmental history and biography and memoir, and then take questions.
These programs are supported in part by the Society's Lynn W. Day Endowment.
|March 31, 2021||“A Vast and Indefinite Loss": Thoreau on Slavery and Nature
Virtual presentation by Laura Dassow Walls. Part of the “Unprecedented Seasons” series.
|February 2021||“From ‘Invalids need not apply’ to ‘Black Foresters Wanted’: The Forest Service in the Civil Rights Era”
Virtual presentation by Donna Sinclair. Part of the “Unprecedented Seasons” series.
|January 2021||"Isolation and Wilderness: How American Wilderness Intersects with the Pandemic”
Virtual presentation by DJ Lee. Part of the “Unprecedented Seasons” series.
|Nov. 1 & 2, 2019||"A Colloquium Celebrating Alexander von Humboldt's 250th Birthday". Presenters:
|March 2018||"Science Narrative and Grief in a Climate of Uncertainty”
Talk by Jared Farmer
|November 2016||"Digitizing the Past, Preserving the Future: FHS at 70”
Talk by Char Miller