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Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England
October 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm$10
Richard W. Judd, PhD, Adelaide & Alan Bird Professor of History, University of Maine
Historian Richard W. Judd explores the mix of ecological process and human activity that shaped New England’s history over the past 12,000 years. He traces a succession of cultures through New England’s changing postglacial environment down to the 1600s, when the arrival of Europeans interrupted this coevolution of nature and culture. A long period of tension and warfare, inflected by a variety of environmental problems, opened the way for frontier expansion. This in turn culminated in a unique landscape of forest, farm, and village that has become the embodiment of what Judd calls “second nature”— culturally modified landscapes that have superseded a more pristine “first nature.” Judd will relate significant cultural and ecological changes that have influenced the evolution of the New England landscape over time.
Fee Free Arboretum member, $10 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
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