Idea of Nature Lecture Series dives into deep time

The Idea of Nature Lecture Series is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Ashley to The College of Idaho campus as he presents “The Ghostly Language of the Ancient Earth: The Idea of Nature in Deep Time” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Langroise Recital Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“In 1799, William Wordsworth imagined his younger self standing beneath the rocks of his native mountains listening to the ‘ghostly language of the ancient earth,’” Ashley said.  “I also try to hear the echoes that come out of the deep past and decipher what we can learn from them about the entangling of the human and natural worlds and the origins of the idea of nature.”

Professor Ashley currently teaches medieval, world and environmental history at Newcastle University, U.K. He has published on diverse matters, including the Vikings, ninth-century astronomy and Captain James Cook. He is currently researching the role of climate change in the early middle ages and the ecological impacts of the Vikings in the North Atlantic.

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