Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California. Courtesy Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The following OAH Distinguished Lecturers study and speak on U.S. environmental history.


Jeannie Whayne

A Faustian Bargain? The Modern Corporate Plantation in the Age of Scientific Agriculture

This lecture considers the advent of the corporate plantation (what Whayne calls the portfolio plantation), particularly in the 21st century. Whayne argues that this is one more incarnation of a very old institution (dating back to the latifundia of ancient Rome) and suggests that there is reason to...(Read More)

Andrew R. Graybill

Boundless Nature: Borders and the Environment in North America (and Beyond)

This lecture explores the intersections between boundaries and the natural world (the historical actor least confined by lines on a map or the dictates of the nation-state), with particular attention to international resource competition and conservation; the human impact upon bordered ecosystems;...(Read More)

Marsha Weisiger

Navajos, New Dealers, and the Metaphysics of Nature

Navajos and New Deal conservationists told radically different stories about the way nature works and human relations to nature, and each proposed utterly different solutions to the problem of soil erosion on the Navajo Reservation in the 1930s. The federal government had the power to prescribe a...(Read More)

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