Northeast & Atlantic Region Environmental History Forum (NEAR-EH) 2019

Frederick Law and John C. Olmsted, "Study of plan for the extension of Commonwealth Avenue on the line of Beacon Street" (1880s), Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library

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The Northeast and Atlantic Region Environmental History Forum (NEAR-EH) invites you to our eighth annual meeting: Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at Boston University.

NEAR-EH is a workshop for scholars at any stage of their career who want to share works in progress for constructive, collegial discussion. We consider the northeast in broad terms – this year’s papers range from Hibernia to Connecticut. (See the call for papers here.) We alternate back and forth across the border: this summer, our hosts are Boston University’s History Department and American & New England Studies Program.

Papers are submitted well in advance of the meeting so participants can read them at leisure and offer feedback when we meet. If you are interested in reading the papers and participating in all or part of the discussion, we’d be delighted to have you join us! Please email claire.campbell@bucknell.edu for the Google Drive folder with the papers.

Tentative Program

Location: Kenmore Room, 9th floor of the John and Kathyrn Silber Administrative Center, 1 Silber Way, Boston University.

Friday, June 21

8:45-9:00
Coffee, welcome, and introductions

9:00-9:45
Dammed: The Destruction of New England’s River Fisheries
Zachary Bennett, Rutgers University

9:45-10:30
Sick as a Dog: Conjecturing on the Role of Canine Diseases in Colonial New England History
Strother E. Roberts, Bowdoin College  

10:30-11:15
Displaying Wildlife: Life, Death, and the Non-Domesticated Animals of the Northeast 
Ian J. Jesse, University of Maine 

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:15
Frederic Tudor’s “Slippery Speculation”
Andrew Robichaud, Boston University

12:15-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:30
Condensed Milk, Cattle Plague, and Convalescents: Discovering Biotic Threats to Union Soldiers’ Health in the Civil War Northeast 
Steven B. Davis, University of Kansas

2:30-3:15
Whatever happened to Pleasant Street? Rediscovering an Urban Shoreline
Claire Campbell, Bucknell University

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:15 
Birch Trees and Instability on Ottawa’s Parliamentary Slopes
Joanna Dean, Carleton University 

Saturday, June 22

9:00-9:15 Coffee

9:15-10:00 
The second chimera: nature and Newfoundland history
Daniel Banoub, Memorial University 

10:00-10:45
Where is Hibernia?
Fiona Polack, Memorial University 

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:45 
Environmental Racism and Community Development in Boston, 1955 to 1970
Michael Brennan, University of Maine

11:45-12:30
A Target Action: Turning Industrial Waste into Consumer Waste in Woburn, Massachusetts 
Johnathan Williams, Boston University 

12:30-1:00
Closing and next steps

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Professor of History at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where I revel in Canadiana and environmental history. Also a lover of exploring, maps, Jane of Lantern Hill, and Scandinavia.

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