Huxley Speaker Series 2/16: Dr. Christine Biermann on the American Chestnut

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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 2:59pm

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: Miller Hall 138

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Christine Biermann will deliver her talk, “Securing Forests from the Scourge of Blight: Nature, Nation, and the American Chestnut,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The presentation will examine how a range of human and non-human actors—from Appalachian farmers to rapidly-mutating viruses, and from biotech corporations to fungal pathogens—have shaped the American chestnut. Calling attention to the historical ties between nature and nation, Christine Biermann explores how blight control, breeding, and restoration efforts have been formulated in conversation with broader anxieties about the fate of the American nation in the wake of social, environmental, economic, and racial change.

Christine Biermann is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. She performs research on the politics of environmental conservation in the Anthropocene and is currently beginning a new project examining the use of genetic and genomic tools for native fish conservation in the American West.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554