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International Seminar Series: The Unexpected History of Environmental Awareness
Title of Presentation: The Unexpected History of Environmental Awareness
Speaker: Venus Bivar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis
Presentation Overview: All too often we assume that humans only became aware of their negative effect on climate, and on the environment more broadly, in the last decades of the twentieth century. With the rise of environmentalism as a mass movement, we began to learn about holes in the ozone layer, global warming, and the greenhouse effect. But this knowledge is in fact quite old. Advisors to the king of France warned about deforestation, while nineteenth century scientists worked out the basics of anthropogenic climate change. Using examples from European history that fan outward into the four corners of the earth, Professor Bivar will discuss the unexpected history of environmental awareness.
Speaker Bio: Venus Bivar is an assistant professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis, where she pursues research and teaching in three broad fields: European, economic, and environmental history. More specifically, her interests include the history of capitalism, agriculture and international trade, and the human history of climate change. Her first book, Organic Resistance: The Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Postwar France, charts the meteoric rise of the French farm sector. She is currently working a new project that examines the emergence of economic growth as both an economic category of analysis and a political promise. Professor Bivar received her PhD from the University of Chicago, and spent two years at the University of California at Berkeley on a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The spring 2018 series will focus on Europe in a global context.