Who is ultimately in charge?

Author James Fleming

James Rodger Fleming is a historian of science and technology and professor of science, technology, and society at Colby
College. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), elected “for pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change and for the advancement of historical work within meteorological societies,” and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, elected for his historical contributions. He recently held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution and the AAAS Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship while a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Books include Fixing the Sky (Columbia, 2010), Globalizing Polar Science (Palgrave, 2010), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford, 1998), and Meteorology in America, 1800-1870 (Johns Hopkins, 1990). He enjoys fishing, good jazz, good barbecue, seeing students flourish, building a community of historians of the geosciences, and connecting the history of science and technology with public policy.

Keith Peterson Lecture Slides from Nov. 10

Lecture slides, Keith Peterson, Nov. 10 The Anthropomorphism of the Anthropocene http://prezi.com/fjp8nd8czuwl/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West, lecture 4

3:00–4:00pm  Anna Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts “The Garden as Picture: Impressionism, Progressivism and the American Garden Movement” Author’s abstract: Dr. Marley’s recent exhibition and publication The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, explores the intertwining… Continue Reading →

The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West, lecture 3

2:00–3:00 pm  Eric Haskell, Scripps College “Sites of Seduction: French Folly Gardens of the Eighteenth Century” Author’s abstract: The aesthetic frames of exoticism, the essential configurations of eroticism, and the illicit intentions of dangerous liaisons are the focus of this… Continue Reading →


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The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West, lecture 2

Southworth Lecture #2 11:15–12:15am Alison Hardie, University of Leeds “Professional Garden Designers and the Aesthetic Turn in 17th C China” Author’s abstract: In the late Ming dynasty (mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries), the concept of the garden changed from being a… Continue Reading →

The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West, lecture 1

Southworth lecture #1 10:15–11:15am  Nov. 7, 2015 James L. Wescoat Jr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology “The Poetics of Mughal Gardens and Subahs in the Akbarnama” Author’s abstract: Of the many fragmentary sources on Mughal gardens during the reign of the… Continue Reading →

Human/ Nature in the Anthropocene

Human/Nature in the Anthropocene (lecture slldes) 2015 Anthropocene

Guernica magazine covers the Anthropocene

From Professor Fleming You were an awesome and receptive audience Tuesday evening.  Thank you. Here is a special issue of Guernica magazine of relevance to the Sept. 15 lecture on the Anthropocene, https://www.guernicamag.com/features/the-boundaries-of-nature/ Note especially this article, https://www.guernicamag.com/features/the-age-of-loneliness/

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