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.
FHS currently offers two virtual lecture series: Conversations in Forest History and Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Nontimber Forest Products.
In Unprecedented Seasons, speakers explored the biggest topics of the years 2020 and 2021—racial inequality and social justice, social isolation/distancing, and climate change—through the lens of environmental history and biography and memoir. This series ended in 2021.
These programs are supported in part by the Society's Lynn W. Day Endowment.
CONVERSATIONS IN FOREST HISTORY
Series host and FHS historian Jamie Lewis hears from and talks with leading experts
as they apply their historical knowledge to current topics in forest and environmental history. Presenters include scholars, artists, and scientists.
NONTIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS AND
Experts discuss how the bioeconomy can reduce the environmental impacts of economic growth by promoting sustainable harvests and production of nontimber forest products such as food and medicine.
Presenters explored the biggest topics of the last couple of years—racial inequality and social justice, social isolation and social distancing, and climate change—through the lens of environmental history, biography, and memoir. The series ended in Oct. 2021.
|Nov. 1 & 2, 2019||"A Colloquium Celebrating Alexander von Humboldt's 250th Birthday". Held in cooperation with Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Presenters were:
|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