Expressing Extinction: A Conversation with Anna Lehner

During this period of rapid political change, glass and Morse code provide mediums for reflection on the environment and extinction.

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Transparent Walls: The Work of Do Ho Suh

Four graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison share their reflections on the work of Do Ho Suh.

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Faculty Favorites: Books for an Engaged Spring

Environmental scholars in the United States and Europe share the books they’re most excited about teaching this spring.

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The Surveyor’s Stone: Unearthing Hidden Markers of the American Landscape

Buried in the nineteenth century, stone markers continue to serve as the official, and often elusive, demarcation points of the Public Land Survey System.

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Playing With Fire in Indonesia’s Peatlands

Indonesia’s previously swampy forests have become unpredictable, fuel-rich fire traps.

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A Wisconsin and Southern locomotive engine passes in front of the Blount St. natural gas power plant in Madison, Wisconsin. A bicycle is parked in the foreground.

A Syllabus for Contextualizing Energy Policy Debates

Visions of the future of United States energy production cannot be understood without a good sense of the past. We’ve gathered some of the most helpful sources for thinking historically about energy.

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Can Socialism Save the Planet?

Twentieth-century socialist countries get a worse environmental rap than they deserve, and some social theorists are attempting to reinvigorate Marx for the Anthropocene. Here’s where they go wrong.

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Domestic Labor: Excavating the Public Sphere

Excavating the Private Sphere

A photo essay of mid-century domestic relics open a window on a woman’s hard, heroic, uncelebrated life.

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An abandoned building, beginning to fall down, next to an overgrown vacant lot in Baltimore. Photo by Dawn Biehler, 2016.

The Itchy Ecology of Segregation: A Conversation with Dawn Biehler

For many of us, mosquitos are an annoying fact of life in the summer. But for Dawn Biehler, they are also a symptom of social inequality.

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Six Quick Lessons in How to Read a Landscape

How do you teach someone to re-see a place they know well? Try these tips on introducing students to the practice of treating landscapes as historical documents.

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