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Environmentalist addresses "Saving Nature in Time"

Oct. 28, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A University of Wisconsin professor will visit Western Michigan University to examine how environmental history relates to contemporary environmental politics.

Dr. William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be on campus Thursday, Nov. 6, as part of WMU's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program. He will present "Saving Nature in Time: The Past and Future of Environmentalism" at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall.

Cronon's research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world, how people depend on surrounding ecosystems to maintain material lives, how humans change the landscapes where they live and work, and how society's collective idea of nature shapes the world. An editor and author of numerous books and essay collections, he has also been active in public land management issues and is a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society and the Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Lands.

The Visiting Scholars and Arts Program at WMU was established in 1960 and has supported more than 500 visits by scholars and artists representing some 65 academic disciplines. The chairperson of the committee that oversees the program is Carol Bennett, instructor in the Department of Business Information Systems.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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