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Book Talk: The Republic of Nature: Environmental History and the Canonical American Past

6:00 p.m.

In his latest book, The Republic of Nature: Environmental History and the Canonical American Past, Mark Fiege explains that nothing in U.S. history can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred.
Fiege describes a nation that struggled to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln steered the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by a clear-eyed vision of nature’s capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompted a lawsuit that culminated in the momentous civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education. By focusing on matter, energy, and forces intrinsic to all things and exploring the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the overlooked ground on which so much of the nation's history has unfolded.

Mark Fiege is an associate professor of history and the William E. Morgan Chair of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, where he also directs the Public Lands History Center. He is the author of Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West, which received the Charles E. Weyerhaeuser Award from the Forest History Society for the best book in forest and conservation history published in 1999–2000.

This event is sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center, Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, and The New School for Public Engagement.


6 East 16th Street room 1103

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served