Nature’s Past Episode 27: Wildlife Histories

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Episode 27: Wildlife Histories

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Last year, in an effort to foster conversation and discussion among scholars, the journal Environmental History published a special forum of short essays on wildlife histories and the legacy of Peter Matthiessen’s 1959 book Wildlife in America, edited by Peter Alagona. Eleven scholars published short articles in which they discuss the impact of Wildlife in America and future directions for environmental historians who study the history of wild animals and the idea of wildlife. On this episode of the podcast, three members of the Toronto Environmental History Network sit down to share their thoughts on this provocative collection of articles.

Also, we speak with Amanda Di Battista and Andrew Mark about their forthcoming special podcast series on environmental studies called CoHearence.

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Jennifer Bonnell
Ben Bradley
Amanda Di Battista
Andrew Mark
Andrew Watson

Works Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History and Environment
“Forum: Fifty Years of Wildlife in America” Environmental History, 16 (3) 2011: 391-455
Toronto Environmental History Network
CoHearence Podcast

Music Credits:

“Me Robo El Show (Instrumental Jazz Mix)” by Jeris
“The lonely One (Instrumental)” by Jeris
“Dance of the Gypsy – Instrumental” by Jeris

Photo Credit:

“Grizzly Bear in Alaska” by Princess-Lodges


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 27: Wildlife Histories” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 24 January 2012

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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