The Summersell Center and Environmental History Lab welcome Historian Mark Hersey, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University
“George Washington Carver and Southern Environmental History”
Tuesday, September 1st, 4:30 PM
Summersell Room, ten Hoor Hall, University of Alabama campus
Mark Hersey is an environmental historian at Mississippi State University and the author of My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011). No stranger to Tuscaloosa, he graduated from UA in 1997. As a graduate student at the University of Kansas, he studied under Donald Worster, one of environmental history’s founding scholars. Hersey’s research focuses on the ecology of the American South, and one of his current projects examines the physiographic Black Belt of Alabama and Mississippi, revealing the connections between land use, race, and poverty in the region from its time as Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw country through the end of the twentieth century. Hersey will talk about his experience writing the Carver book as well as offer professional development tips for graduate students interested in southern environmental history.
RSVP not required, but please contact Bart Elmore (email@example.com) if you plan to attend.