Agrarian Studies Program Colloquium: “America’s First Broad Environmental Assessment? Readings from The Boatman (Harvard, 2017)”

Event time: 
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:00am
Agrarian Studies, Room 101 See map
230 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

The Agrarian Studies Program Colloquium presents: 

Robert Thorson, University of Connecticut, Center for Integrative Geosciences and Department of Anthropology:  “America’s First Broad Environmental Assessment? Readings from The Boatman (Harvard, 2017)”

The core of the Agrarian Studies Program’s activities is a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.

This topic embraces, inter alia, the study of mutual perceptions between countryside and city, and patterns of cultural and material exchange, extraction, migration, credit, legal systems, and political order that link them.

It also includes an understanding of how different societies conceive of the spatial order they exhibit. What terms are meaningful and how are they related?: e.g., frontier, wilderness, arable, countryside, city, town, agriculture, commerce, “hills,” lowlands, maritime districts, inland. How have these meanings changed historically and what symbolic and material weight do they bear?

Open to: 
General Public