Professor Emeritus of Geography, University College London
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
North Lounge, Billings Library
David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus of Geography at University College London, will present “Vermont as Genius Loci: The Marshes and UVM.” Conservation pioneer George Perkins Marsh and his first cousin James Marsh, the fifth president of the University of Vermont, made major contributions to scholarly thought in the nineteenth century. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of George Perkins Marsh’s seminal work, Man and Nature, it is a fitting occasion to examine the legacy of the Marsh cousins and their impact on the University of Vermont.
David Lowenthal is the author of George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation (2000), The Past is a Foreign Country (1985), The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History (1996), and The Nature of Cultural Heritage and the Culture of National Heritage (2005).
The event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow immediately after the lecture. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 656-2138. Professor Lowenthal’s presentation is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, UVM Special Collections, the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center, and the Department of Geography.
Read about James Marsh and Vermont Transcendentalism, a movement which affected the curriculum at UVM and the development of modern higher education, in Samantha Harvey’s Transatlantic Transcendentalism. Learn more about George Perkins Marsh at the George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center.