Joachim Radkau to Speak on the History of Environmentalism

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 10:45am

German environmental historian Joachim Radkau will visit Mount Holyoke November 15 and 16 to talk with faculty and students about his pioneering work in global environmental history. The highlight of his two days on campus will be a public lecture on “Rediscovering the Local in the Global: How to Write a Global History of Environmentalism” on Tuesday, November 16 at 4:15 pm in room 101 of Dwight Hall.

Radkau, a professor of history at the University of Bielefeld in Germany, is the author of Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment (2008), which received the 2010 Book Award from the World History Association. His most recent book, Max Weber: A Biography (2009), explores Weber’s conception of “nature” in his life and thought, and it has been hailed as original and creative.

"Joachim Radkau’s Nature and Power is a superb, pathbreaking book that brings historical depth and complexity to questions about ecological change and sustainability on a global scale. To call it thought-provoking is an understatement,” said event organizer Robert Schwartz, MHC's E. Nevius Rodman Professor of History.

There will be a reception following the lecture at 6 pm in the Cassani Lounge (room 102) in Shattuck Hall. The event is sponsored by the Dean of the College, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the Environmental Studies Program, and the departments of history, politics, German Studies, and sociology. For more information, contact the Environmental Studies Program at 538-2898 or the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at 538-3091.