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Rowan Oak, home to enslaver Robert Sheegog at the time of the founding of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Photo by Visit Mississippi, 2005.

Ole Miss and the Shadow of Slavery: A Conversation with Jeffrey Jackson and Charles Ross

Ivy League institutions are scrambling to uncover their links to the history of slavery. But the University of Mississippi—built by slaves, amid slave plantations, for slaveowners to teach future slaveowners—might offer the richest insights into the nation’s unshakable ties to centuries of bondage.

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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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"What is food studies?" An N. C. Wyeth 1948 illustration advertising the General Electric Space Maker Refrigerator. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

What is Food Studies?

Stressing intimacy, structures of power, social justice, and action, food studies is giving interdisciplinarity a good name.

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E is for Environment

The organizers of CHE’s grad student symposium talk about defining “environment” and the possibilities for collaboration at this weekend’s event.

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Thinner atmosphere at Coors Park in Denver explains a higher-than-typical frequency of home runs.

Spitball Bearings: Baseball and the Unruly World

A starting lineup of moments in the environmental history of baseball.

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Green Conservatives: A Conversation with Brian Drake

Advocates of small government have a long and uncharted history within US environmentalism, argues Brian Drake in an interview about his recent book.

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Down the Peter Rabbit Hole: Literary Adventures for Little Ones

CHE affiliates in Zoology, History, and English recommend children’s literature for readers of all ages interested in the non-human world.

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Davis Island: A Confederate Shrine, Submerged

A visit to Jefferson Davis’s former property in Mississippi shows that, in the battles over how we remember the Civil War, the combatants are not always human.

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