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History Lecture Series

Putting People in Their Place: Seattle’s environmental history

Wed. Jan. 27, 2016      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 130, UW Campus

Linda Nash

Associate Professor, Director, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington

Introduction by Mike McGinn

Linda Nash examines how the history of Seattle has been tied to the natural materials people found here, and the things they brought from other places. Nash will emphasize how the city’s social and economic life, culture and politics, have been shaped by the movement of resources, as they were consumed and transformed, imported and exported, allocated and exhausted.

Professor Linda NashLinda Nash is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Washington where she also serves as director of the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to a Ph.D. in History from the UW, she holds degrees in Civil Engineering (B.S.) and Energy and Resources (M.S.). Her research focuses on the environmental and cultural history of the 20th-century U.S. She is the author of numerous articles on American cultural, environmental, and public health history. Her award-winning book, Inescapable Ecologies: A history of environment, disease, and knowledge, was published by the University of California Press in 2006. She is currently completing a manuscript on American responses to dry landscapes both within the US and beyond. Although born in California, she has lived and worked in Seattle for the last two decades.

Brought to you by the UW Department of History and the UWAA, Excavating Seattle’s Histories is series of lectures that explore Seattle’s remarkable past.

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