Field, Forest & Lake: Nature Writing and the Modern Environmental Movement in the Upper Midwest
(Monday, March 23, 11:00am, Hobo Day Gallery, SDSU Student Union)
In the mid-twentieth century, Minnesota writers Calvin Rutstrum, Helen Hoover, and Sigurd Olson contributed environmentally-focused articles and books on the ecological integrity of Minnesota’s northern forests. By discussing past and present resource use, including lumber operations and tourism, as well as the overall ecological health of the region, these authors contributed to the environmental debate occurring in popular literature of the era. This debate mirrored the national debate over environmental legislation by the 1960s.
A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, Dale Potts currently teaches courses in U.S. social and cultural history, world history, Native American history, and environmental history at South Dakota State University. His current research explores environment and popular writing in the twentieth century.