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Dr. Lisa Brady will present the 2017 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History this Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Duke University's Environment Hall at 5pm. Her talk is titled "No-Man’s Land as Nature Preserve: The Strange Case of Cold War Conservation."
Following World War II, conservation took a strange turn. Cold War animosities turned large swaths of land in places such as Germany and Eastern Europe, Korea, and Puerto Rico into militarized areas. Although subject to extensive damage and pollution, these sites also experienced varying degrees of "rewilding," becoming de facto nature preserves. In her talk "No-Man’s-Land as Nature Preserve," Dr. Brady, a professor of history at Boise State University and editor of the journal Environmental History, will explore how and why these militarized areas became ecozones, what environmental scientists have learned studying them, and how conservation can heal even the wounds of war. The talk will be of great interest to those interested in environmental issues, wilderness areas, and military history.
The lecture is sponsored by the Forest History Society, Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of History. If you wish to stream the lecture live you'll find a link at the Forest History Society's website. A video of the lecture will be available after November 1 on the FHS YouTube Channel's Lecture Series page.