Environmental History Week at York University


If you are an environmental historian in the Greater Toronto Area, you will want to be at York University. Next week, York is hosting two major environmental history speaker events.

First, Professor Tina Loo from the Department of History at the University of British Columbia will be speaking as part of the Transforming Canada: Histories of Environmental Change series, organized by the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. Dr. Loo is a leading scholar in the fields of Canadian and environmental history. She is the author of States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century, winner of both the John A. Macdonald Prize for best book in Canadian history and the Harold Innis Prize for best book in the social sciences and humanities. Dr. Loo’s lecture is titled, “High Modernism and the Nature of Canada”. For those interested in attending, here are the details:

“High Modernism and the Nature of Canada
Tina Loo, History, University of British Columbia
Monday March 5, 2012, 1-3 pm, 305 York Lanes

The second major speaker event is the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History. This year, Professor James McCann will be speaking about his research in African environmental history. Dr. McCann is a highly distinguished scholar in the fields of African and environmental history. His book Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000 was the recipient of the 2005 ASEH George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history. His lecture is titled, “Africa’s Malarial Landscapes: History, Complexity, and Silver Bullets”. Here are the details on this event:

“Africa’s Malarial Landscape: History, Complexity, and Silver Bullets”
Private Dining Room, Executive Learning Centre, Schulich School of Business
York University
Tea/Coffee will be served at 4 p.m., with the lecture to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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