Checklists

Thematic lists from the Center for Culture, History, and Environment.

An aerial photograph shows beachfront damage caused by Hurricane Irma in South Florida.

After the Wind and the Rain: Making Sense of a Record Hurricane Season

Harvey, Irma, Maria. Why has there been so much damage, and what does it mean? A guide for reading helps make sense of disaster.

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Crowd at opening ceremony at the Woodstock music festival, 1969

An Environmental Playlist of the Twentieth Century

Take a trip through the twentieth century to explore the development of environmental themes through popular music.

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Faculty Favorites: Fall into these Environmental Excursions

Faculty from Idaho to Washington, DC chime in on favorite environmentally focused books they are excited to teach this fall.

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Seven Ways of Looking at an Eclipse

We know the effects total solar eclipses have on birds, squirrels, and spiders. But what do they do to people?

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A Reading List To Stay Grounded On Earth Day

Recommendations of environmental history books that carry us from stardust to coal dust and back, just in time for Earth Day.

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U.S.-Mexico border fence near El Paso, Texas

What Eight Waves of Migration Can Tell Us About Human-Environment Relationships

Immigration is often driven by environmental change, and immigrants themselves often change the landscapes they come to inhabit when they arrive. Examining the geographic history of past immigrants and refugees can inform present debates.

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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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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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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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Close up shot of the foaming mousse bubbles from a glass of Champagne. Image by Quinn Dombrowski.

Edge Effects: 2016 in Review

The Edge Effects editorial board looks back on 2016.

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