Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England
Richard W. Judd, PhD, Adelaide & Alan Bird Professor of History, University of Maine
Sunday, November 1, 2:00–3:15pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Historian Richard W. Judd explores the mix of ecological process and human activity that shaped New England’s history over the past 12,000 years. He traces a succession of cultures through New England’s changing postglacial environment down to the 1600s, when the arrival of Europeans interrupted this coevolution of nature and culture. A long period of tension and warfare, inflected by a variety of environmental problems, opened the way for frontier expansion. This in turn culminated in a unique landscape of forest, farm, and village that has become the embodiment of what Judd calls “second nature”— culturally modified landscapes that have superseded a more pristine “first nature.” Judd will relate significant cultural and ecological changes that have influenced the evolution of the New England landscape over time.
Fee Free member, $10 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.