Date: Monday, February 12

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: GranTree, Bozeman

While we are often taught history from a social, cultural, or political perspective, Mark Fiege’s work literally grounds our human stories in the physical world. Participants in this program will take a journey through some of our most familiar historical territory—the founding of the nation, the Civil War, Brown vs. the Board of Education, even the creation of the atomic bomb—and ask a rarely asked question: “What does nature have to do with it?” Looking through this new lens, we may recover to history the significant and often overlooked role that nature plays, even in the most “human” of events.

Presenter: Mark Fiege

FiegeMark Fiege is Professor of History and the Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies in the Department of History at MSU. Beginning as a seasonal park ranger in Virginia, Mark eventually became a prominent environmental historian. He has received many awards for teaching, scholarship and engagement, and is Co-Founder of the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University. His books include The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States (2012). He recently co-edited National Parks Beyond the Nation: Global Perspectives on ‘America’s Best Idea,’ published in 2016.