Kate Brown to give 2018 Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, 10 January 2015. By Alexander Blecher, Wikimedia Commons.

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The Department of History at York University will host the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History Thursday March 22 at 4pm in the Founders College Senior Common Room, 305 Founders College. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Kate Brown from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Professor Brown is a leading scholar of modern Russian environmental history. She is the author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford 2013), which won seven prizes, including the Dunning and Beveridge prizes from the American Historical Association, and the 2014 George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH). Brown’s A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) was awarded the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History. Brown’s newest book, a collection of essays, Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015. It explores place and the construction of space as a springboard for histories of communities and territories which have been silenced or destroyed. She will publish A Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future, on the environmental and medical consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, with Norton in 2019.

A reception will be held beginning at 4pm; the lecture will begin at 4:30pm. All are welcome.

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Jennifer Bonnell

Associate Professor at York University
Jennifer Bonnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at York University. She is the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and Stewards of Splendour: A History of Wildlife and People in British Columbia (Royal BC Museum, 2023). She is co-editor with Sean Kheraj of Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History (University of Calgary Press, 2022) and with Marcel Fortin of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014). She is currently working on an environmental history of beekeeping and environmental change in the Great Lakes Region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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