Virtual talk: “Isolation and Wilderness: The Surprising Ways American Wilderness Intersects with the COVID-19 Pandemic”

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January 29, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, American History / Studies, Social Sciences, Geography, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Award-winning author and historian DJ Lee will deliver a virtual talk “Isolation and Wilderness: The Surprising Ways American Wilderness Intersects with the COVID-19 Pandemic” as part of the Forest History Society’s virtual lecture series “Unprecedented Seasons.” Lee will explore the surprising ways in which American wilderness, as a concept and a physical place, intersects with some of the causes and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The talk will be at 2 PM EST on January 29, 2021, and streamed live on Zoom. The event is free but registration is required and limited to 500 attendees. 

DJ Lee spent significant portions of the last 15 years in the secluded mountains of Idaho and Montana conducting the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project. The project ended in March 2020, just as the pandemic forced people around the globe to isolate, quarantine, and social distance. Covering topics such as eco-sickness, eco-arts, wilderness history and ethics, and “right relations” between humans and the natural world as examined by Indigenous scholars like Jay Hansford Vest and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Lee’s current work reflects on how wilderness as a concept and a place can help us cope with the pandemic.

DJ Lee is a Regents Professor in the English Department at Washington State University, where she teaches literature, environmental humanities, and creative writing. She also co-directs the Visiting Writers Series, serves as a University Ombudsman, and is a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute. Lee has published more than 100 creative and scholarly works, including 8 books, most recently the award-winning memoir Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots, published by Oregon State University Press in 2020.

Contact Info: 

James Lewis, Forest History Society