In lieu of our regular reception at the ASEH, WEHN sponsored several networking panels during Environmental History Week in order to bring together interested scholars for informal discussions on a variety of topics. These were a lively success, sparking conversations and future projects. Thanks to all for participating!
WEHN Run/Walk/Be Outside for #WEHN4Hal
Each year, ASEH sponsors a fund-raising run at the conference in honor of Hal Rothman, with funds supporting graduate students. This year at noon on Sunday April 24th, WEHN members ran, or hiked, or walked, or simply went outside to raise funds for graduate students together. Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
WEHN-sponsored panels and networking events for EH Week
Monday, April 5th
Diversifying Environmental History on Wikipedia (and Everywhere Else). The organizers of #FlipTheList discussed their initiative to enrich and diversify Wikipedia's list of environmental books and offered a brief introduction to editing Wikipedia so that participants could take time during the week to make their own additions.
Wednesday, April 21
12:00am EDT / 12:00pm Beijing / 2:00pm AEST / 9:30am IST
WEHN Networking Panel: Women and Environmental History in the South
This event focused on networking, collaborating, and mentoring for women working in the Global South. Co-hosted by Shen Hou (Renmin University), Mu Cao (Tianjin Normal University) and Ruth Morgan (Australian National University). See: https://aseh.org/event-4242601.
Problems of Place: A Conversation on Community, Connection, and Belonging
The session featured scholars who have written about the importance of community, connection, and belonging for Environmental History Now, an online platform that showcases the environmental-related work and expertise of graduate students and early career scholars who identify as women, trans and non-binary people. While its ongoing “Problems of Place” blog series explores these questions in text, this session seeks to create a metaphoric place for these conversations to happen live and dynamically, despite spatial distance.
9am-3 pm: #FlipTheList Hangout on April 21 between 9am and 3pm EDT See: https://aseh.org/event-4209049.
1:00-1:45 PM EDT
WEHN Networking Panel: Public History
This panel focused on strategies for taking the scholarly research of environmental historians into the public arena. Co-hosted by Kathleen Brosnan (University of Oklahoma), Monica Perales (University of Houston), and Stephanie Fuglaar Statz (History Associates Inc.).
Thursday, April 22
WEHN Networking Panel: Inclusive environmental history in the undergraduate classroom: An informal conversation.
Bring your questions and your thoughts to this session on teaching a more inclusive environmental history to undergraduate students. This discussion will help whether you are looking for readings that bring diverse perspectives to familiar topics, or new topics that can bring the experience of minoritized groups into your courses. We’ll also discuss the challenges and joys of exploring controversial and emotional histories, and creating inclusive classrooms as brave spaces. Co-hosted by Sarah Elkind (San Diego State University) and Brinda Sarathy (Pitzer College).
7:00 PM EDT
Women's Environmental History Network Happy Hour for Newcomers
A gathering of scholars new to the PhD, new to ASEH, or simply looking to broaden their network within the field of environmental history. Co-hosted by Sarah Stanford-McIntyre (University of Colorado) and Raechel Lutz(The Wardlaw + Hartridge School).
Friday, April 23
WEHN Networking Panel: Diversifying the Canon/Graduate Teaching
The moderators focused on strategies for diversifying (by race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and topic) the collection of works considered essential for understanding environmental history. Co-hosted by Lise Sedrez (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Nancy Langston (Michigan Technological University).
WEHN Networking Panel: Teaching and Working at High Schools and Community College
The moderators focused on what teaching and working at High Schools and Community Colleges is like and how one might find employment there. Co-hosted by Raechel Lutz (The Wardlaw + Hartridge School), Megan Jones (The Pingry School), and Tai Edwards (Johnson County Community College).
WEHN Networking Panel: Intersections of Disability and Environmental History
In this participant-driven session, we discussed and strategized ways to illuminate the intersections of disability and environmental history. If you are interested in attending this session as a disability scholar, environmental history scholar, and/or disabled scholar, please contribute to the shape of the session by filling out this google form. Co-moderated by Kyuhyun Han and Sara J Grossman. Live transcription will be available.