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C of I hosts environmental lectureship speaker

The College of Idaho will welcome Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich as part of the Interdisciplinary Visions of Environmental Lecture Series at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Sterry Hall boardroom. Ulrich, a history professor at Harvard University, will present on “Adventures in a Natural History Museum.”

Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to study nature. Professor Ulrich and her students went to a natural history museum to study Thoreau. There, they not only discovered Thoreau’s pond turtle, but also a fish that taught them to write, and a new vantage point on botany by considering a 116-year-old tortilla. It will be a thought-provoking evening as Ulrich explores these topics and more in her lecture.

Ulrich has written six books, including Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History and A Midwife's Tale, which was later developed into a documentary film for the PBS series American Experience. Ulrich has received the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellowship, among numerous prizes and distinctions.

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