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C of I hosts environmental lecture series this spring

The College of Idaho is set to host a spring lecture series titled “Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment.” The series is a companion piece to Boise State University’s “Idea of Nature” series and three of the lecturers will speak on both the C of I and Boise State campuses.

“Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment” is being sponsored by Boise State University and the Idaho Humanities Council. The goal of the lectures is to explore how concepts of nature are expressed in literature, art, philosophy, music and other disciplines and to discuss how ideas of nature have changed between the 1600s and the present. The C of I lectures are free and open to the entire campus community. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 13: Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University.

-          “The American Environmental Imagination,” 9:40 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

-          “After Nature: Living in the Anthropocene,” 11:30 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

Thursday, March 13: Richard Brantley, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida.

-          “Emily Dickinson and Science,” 9:40 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

Thursday, March 20: Lisa Brady, Professor of History, Boise State University.

-          “Beauty from Desolation: The U.S. Civil War and the Nature Preservation Impetus,” 9:40 a.m., Boone Hall room 132.

Thursday, April 24: Susan Oliver, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Essex, England.

-          “Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees in 19th-Century Literature,” 9:40 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

For more info about the “Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment” series, please contact C of I English and environmental studies professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson at [email protected]. To learn more about the Boise State lectures – which will be held inside the BSU Student Union Building – please visit or email [email protected]  

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit