Helen Veit, associate professor of history at Michigan State University, weaves together cultural history and the history of science to bring readers into the strange and complex world of the American Progressive Era. The era’s emphasis on science and self-control left a profound mark on American eating, one that remains today in everything from the ubiquity of science-based dietary advice to the tenacious idealization of thinness.
Presented in partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
In 1914, agriculture, industry and warfare formed a violent triad of destruction. While combat damage to nature was generally short-lived, major environmental changes occurred behind the battlefields. Join Tait Keller, Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College , as he explores how warfare and energy extraction coevolved during the war and explains how the intersections of armed conflict, human victimization, and environmental exploitation still affect us today.
Join Linda Hall Library Research Fellow Dr. Gerard J. Fitzgerald for a discussion on the environmental impacts of chemical warfare production in the U.S. and the role civilians played in this effort. Co-sponsored and hosted by the National WWI Museum and Memorial.