Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Southern Environmental History Symposium


Thursday, March 9, 2017

8:30 a.m. to Noon

Pebble Hill (101 South Debardeleben Street, Auburn)

Free and open to the public. Click here to register. 


Centered on a special issue of the Alabama Review to be published in April that explores the state’s environmental history, the symposium offers a window into a rapidly growing number of studies that has called attention to the historical intersections of nature and culture in the South.


8:30 a.m. Coffee
8:45 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m.  Session One

"Southern Heat: Climate History and the American South," Jason Hauser, Mississippi State University

"The Stockman’s War: Hog Cholera and the Fight for the Open Range in Reconstruction-Era Alabama," Erin Mauldin, Samford University

9:50 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m.

Session Two


"Booms, Blooms, and Doom: The Life of the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone," Jack Davis, University of Florida

"Uncovering the Native South: Archaeology, Agriculture, and the Environment," Nick Timmerman, Mississippi State University

10:50 a.m Break
11:00 a.m. Session Three

"(Re)Writing Histories of Environmentalism in Alabama," Ellen Spears, University of Alabama

Roundtable Discussion Moderated by Breeden Scholar Mark Hersey


The symposium is a program of 2017 Breeden Eminent Scholar Mark Hersey. The Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair was established in 1989 to provide support for both the academic and the outreach missions of the College of Liberal Arts. The chair is supported by an endowment from Dr. Daniel F. Breeden.

Co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities and The Alabama Review

Last Updated: March 08, 2017