I have been contracted to develop and lead a series of programs for the general public on environmental and historical topics. Below you will find information on all the programs that I have developed and led as well as any upcoming or ongoing programs for the public:
The history of Georgia can be read in its waters. From the transatlantic slave trade to Deliverance to ongoing water wars over the Chattahoochee, waterways have shaped the lives of all Georgians in critical ways. Besides providing a habitat for wildlife (and people), Georgia’s watersheds have connected residents to the outside world, provided drinking water and food, whisked away wastes, and served as a key source of power and recreation. This seminar will consider the history of Georgia from the vantage of its waters, touching on each of these elements. We will conclude with a discussion of emerging issues like climate change, Savannah River dredging, and water scarcity—issues that will play a decisive role influencing Georgia’s waters far into the future.
This free seminar will meet from 7pm-9pm for four Wednesday evening sessions during the 2017 fall semester: Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8 and Dec 13. Everyone from the Atlanta community is welcome and invited to join us. For further information or to reserve seating, please email the Fox Center at foxcenter [at] emory [dot] edu, or call 404.727.6424.
A Century of America's National Parks
On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service celebrates its centennial. Lauded as America’s "best idea," national parks are some of the most iconic places in the United States. For more than a hundred years, American national parks have cordoned off vast tracts of land and unique landscapes from development, and have provided a ready source of education and recreation for the masses. This seminar, open to the Atlanta public, will explore the long and storied history of American national parks and the National Park Service. We will consider what ideals motivated the creation of the first national parks, the social consequences of national park management, how national parks fueled the growth of an American tourist industry, and how the aims of the Park Service have changed in response to new ideas about recreation and nature. This seminar will serve as your historical guide to the nation’s national parks—a guide that can enhance the experience of visiting these unique places.
John Muir and Wilderness in Modern Georgia
In October of 2015 I designed and led the inaugural seminar in the Georgia Seminar Series, hosted by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University and Georgia Humanities. Using John Muir's diary of an 1867 trip through the South (later published as A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf), we explored how Southern wilds shaped Muir’s environmental vision as he became the nation’s leading spokesman for wilderness and the founder of the Sierra Club. In the decades after Muir's travels Georgia was the scene of intense battles over the conservation of natural resources and the preservation of environmental quality. Over the course of four weeks, participants considered how Muir's environmental vision has shaped modern Georgia, from Helen Dortch Longstreet's 1911 campaign to save Tallulah Falls to critiques of the development of Georgia's coasts for tourists.