All posts by Kate Wersan

Postcards from the Field

Ghost towns, cougar encounters, and a rock band’s tour across Europe. How five graduate students spent the summer.

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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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Chloroform and Butcher Birds: Violence in Late 19th-Century Children’s Literature

Children’s novels from the nature study movement contain strikingly violent episodes, a fact that pushes us to rethink our understanding of period environmental ethics.

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Atomic Cities, the Mirage of Safety, and the Word “Environment”: A Conversation with Kate Brown

CHE’s upcoming symposium asks: how useful is it to talk about the “environment”? Is there a better word or framework? Dr. Kate Brown gives us her answer as she shares her research on atomic cities.

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CHE Group at Flambeau Mine with Industrial Outlot in Background

Reflections on Extraction 2: Whose Risks, Whose Choices?

In a second set of reflections on “Landscapes of Extraction,” CHE members explore how communities negotiate the trade-offs of mining: private gain versus public well-being, individual enterprise versus regulatory caution, and economic necessity versus environmental risk.

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