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History Guest speaker - W. Cronon, The Portage: Time, Memory & Storytelling in the Making of Place
Start Date: 3/22/2017Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 3/22/2017End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:

The Department of History presents
the 2017 Assiniboia Lecturer

Dr. William Cronon,
Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies,
University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of Place

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
3:00 pm
307 Tier Building


Everyone is Welcome!


In a lecture based on the opening chapter of the book he is writing on the history of Portage, Wisconsin, environmental historian William Cronon meditates on the role of memory and storytelling in the complicated ways human beings construct their individual and collective sense of place.  A natural ecosystem or an abstract geographical space becomes a human place, he argues, through the endless accretion of narratives that render that place meaningful for those who visit or live in it.  Portage is an especially interesting community in which to explore this idea, since it was the home town of Frederick Jackson Turner, the American historian who authored the famous "frontier thesis."  It was also the town into whose hinterland John Muir migrated as an eleven-year-old boy from Scotland, and the town where Aldo Leopold's "Shack," famed subject of the book A Sand County Almanac, is located.  Although virtually unknown to most North Americans, few places have played so central a role in shaping our national ideas of nature.
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William Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us.

Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - Tier Building  (View Map)
173 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB
Room: 307
William Cronon - photo by Hilary Cronon
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