Upcoming Web Talks with Rachel Kline, Paul Sutter, and Shing Yin Khor presented by the Forest History Society

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May 25, 2022 to June 12, 2022
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, American History / Studies

The Forest History Society has three webinars in the next few weeks that will be of interest to historians in a variety of history subfields, including environmental, women's, immigration, and cultural.

Presentation: "What Did She Say? Recovering Women's Voices To Our Land Ethic Narratives"

Presenter: Rachel Kline

May 25, 2022 12:00pm EDT via Zoom (1 Hour) Register HERE

For more than half a century, historians have told us that the first calls for forest preservation and an ecological and moral approach to land management were made in Henry D. Thoreau’s Walden (1854), George Perkins Marsh’s Man and Nature (1864), and Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” essay in 1949. But a century before Leopold published his essay, Susan Fenimore Cooper made the same arguments in her book Rural Hours, beginning an ongoing practice of women initiating calls for including ethical and cultural aspects of environmental management—two cornerstones of forest management today—which would be overlooked or ignored until men repeated them. How do we recover the voice of Cooper and so many other women to tell a more comprehensive history of creating a land ethic? Join historian Rachel Kline to discuss how we can rethink our land ethic narratives by listening to what women have been saying all along. Rachel Kline is a historian with the U.S. Forest Service.


Presentation: "Drawing from Forest History: How One Artist Uses Forest History As Source Material"

Presenter: Shing Yin Khor

June 8, 2022 at 1pm EDT via Zoom (1 Hour). Register HERE.

Shing Yin Khor's National Book Award finalist graphic novel, The Legend of Auntie Po, follows a 12-year-old Chinese American camp cook as she tells Paul Bunyan stories (reinvented as an elderly Chinese matriarch named Auntie Po) in a Sierra Nevada logging camp. Join Shing Yin to talk about making graphic novels, adapting W. B. Laughead's Paul Bunyan drawings and stories, integrating forest history research into historical fiction, and telling stories about Chinese-American contributions to forest history. Shing Yin Khor is a Malaysian-American cartoonist and experience designer making stories about immigrants trying to find a home in nostalgic Americana. Learn more about this acclaimed artist at https://shingkhor.com/.


Presentation: “Driven Wild: Foresters, Automobiles, and the Founding of the Wilderness Society"

Presenter: Paul Sutter

June 10, 2022 at 12 pm EDT via Zoom (1 Hour) Register HERE

The founding of the Wilderness Society in 1935 marked the beginning of organized wilderness advocacy in the United States, a movement that culminated in the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the creation of a national system of wilderness areas. Conventional wisdom had long been that wilderness advocacy was hostile to the utilitarian conservation of federal foresters, who believed that the national forests should be developed for their timber and other resources, and yet four of the eight founders of the Wilderness Society were trained foresters who valued both wilderness protection and sustained yield forestry. How are we to make sense of this apparent paradox? To find out, please join us as Paul Sutter, historian and author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2002), revisits his classic history of modern wilderness advocacy twenty years after its publication. Paul Sutter is a professor of history at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is also the Series Editor for Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books, published by the University of Washington Press.  

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