Kathryn Morse Earns Fellowship at Harvard

Kathryn Morse (History and Environmental Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for American Studies at Harvard University that provides support for her 2013-14 leave. She will spend the year participating in the Center’s workshop on “The Environment and the American Past” and working on her book project titled The View from Here:  Picturing America’s Environmental Past. This project uses photographs and other visual sources to draw students and scholars into historical thinking about the environment, particularly but not exclusively with regard to social inequalities as revealed through close attention to human interactions with the material world. It builds from Morse’s years of teaching environmental history with images in the Middlebury classroom, and from her recent essay, published in the June 2012 Journal of American History, There Will Be Birds:  Images of Oil Disasters in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.